2 Tenn appeals judges retiring

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two appellate court judges from Tennessee have announced they will not seek retention when their terms end next year.

Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Joseph M. Tipton and Court of Appeals Judge Patricia J. Cottrell say they will step Aug. 31, 2014, when their seats are up for retention.

As a result, the state Judicial Nomination Commission will complete the nomination process to fill the openings this year before June 30, according to the office. The 17-member commission consists of attorneys and others who volunteer to review applications for judgeship openings.

Chair of the commission, Tom Lawless, told the Knoxville News Sentinel there's urgency in completing the process because statutory provisions for selecting trial and appellate judges expire June 30 and the Legislature hasn't established a replacement procedure.

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