Panel opens applications for judicial vacancies

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The application process for upcoming judicial vacancies is back underway after Gov. Bill Haslam created a new panel to vet applicants.

Supreme Court Justice Janice holder and Appeals Judge David Farmer have announced they will not seek another term in the 2014 elections.

Haslam last week signed an executive order creating the Governor's Commission for Judicial Appointments, which largely mirrors the state's Judicial Nominating Commission that lawmakers allowed to expire in June.

The new panel will accept applicants for the two vacancies through Oct. 31, and hold public hearings with the candidates in November.

Voters will decide next year whether to ratify a constructional amendment to give state lawmakers the power to either approve or reject the nominations to fill judicial vacancies.


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