The application process for upcoming judicial vacancies in Tennessee is open after Gov. Bill Haslam created a new panel to vet applications. Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Janice Holder and Appeals Judge David Farmer are not seeking another term in 2014.
Last week Haslam signed an executive order creating the Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments, which mirrors the state’s nominating commission that lawmakers let expire in June. The new panel is accepting applications through Oct. 31. Public hearings with the candidates will begin in November.
Voters will decide next year whether to ratify an amendment giving state lawmakers the power to either approve or reject nominations to fill judicial vacancies.