Tennessee Court of Appeals
|Tennessee Court of Appeals|
|Method:||Commission selection, political appointment|
Created by the Tennessee General Assembly in 1925, the Tennessee Court of Appeals hears appeals in civil—or non-criminal—cases from trial courts and certain state boards and commissions. The court has 12 members who sit in panels of three in Jackson, Knoxville, and Nashville. All decisions made by the Tennessee Court of Appeals may be appealed, by permission, to the Tennessee Supreme Court. As in all three appellate courts, court of appeals hearings do not include witnesses, juries, or testimonies. Instead, attorneys present oral and written arguments.
There are 12 members of the Tennessee Court of Appeals. They are elected on a “yes-no” ballot every 8 years. When a vacancy occurs on the intermediate appellate court, the 17-member Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission interviews applicants and recommends three candidates to the governor, who appoints a new judge to serve until the next August general election.
As with the justices of the Tennessee Supreme Court and the judges of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals, judges of the Tennessee Court of Appeals must, by state law, be evaluated every 8 years. The evaluations are then published in newspapers across the state to help voters decide whether the judges should be retained.
|Judge Charles Susano||1994-2022||Gov. Ned McWherter|
|Judge Richard Dinkins||2008-2022||Gov. Phil Bredesen|
|Judge D. Michael Swiney||1999-2022||Gov. Don Sundquist|
|Judge Andy Bennett||2007-2022||Gov. Phil Bredesen|
|Judge Frank Clement||2003-2022||Gov. Phil Bredesen|
|Judge Thomas R. Frierson||2013-2022||Gov. Bill Haslam|
|Judge J. Steven Stafford||2008-2022||Gov. Phil Bredesen|
|Judge John McClarty||1995-2014||Gov. Phil Bredesen|
|Judge W. Neal McBrayer||2014-2022||Gov. Bill Haslam|
|Nominee Brandon O. Gibson||2014-Present||Gov. Bill Haslam|
- TN Courts.gov, "About the Tennessee Court of Appeals"
- TN Courts.gov, "Tennessee Judicial District Map"
- May vary for chief judge
- TN Courts.gov, "About the Tennessee Court of Appeals," accessed May 26, 2014
William Koch • Gary R. Wade • Martha Daughtrey • Sharon Lee • William Frank Crawford • David Welles • J.C. McLin • Paul Summers •
A conservative effort to unseat the three Tennessee Supreme Court justices facing retention in 2014 highlighted the issue of retention elections across the state. For more information on this controversy, see: Tennessee Supreme Court elections, 2014.Retention
|J. Steven Stafford||64.8%|
|W. Neal McBrayer||64.0%|
|D. Michael Swiney||63.7%|
|Thomas R. Frierson||63.8%|
- See also: Tennessee judicial elections, 2014