Fore Note:I received the email below with a correction to the article I ran Monday pertaining to all the judges on the August ballot. Please note the correction to the story. I appreciate the correction/update.
Subject: Comment on "All Those Judges" Blog Post
I wanted to let you know that Judge Holly M. Kirby, who is on the ballot for retention to the Court of Appeals, actually has already been appointed by Gov. Haslam to the Supreme Court, effective September 1. She replaces retiring Justice Janice Holder. The appointment occurred in December of 2013 in anticipation of Justice Holder's retirement at the end of August.
I thought I would share that information since you correctly have indicated in the posted article that Justice Jeffrey Bivins, who remains on the retention ballot for the Court of Criminal Appeals, already has been sworn in as a justice on the Supreme Court.
Court of Appeals, Eastern Division
|Fore Note: The August
election ballot is rather long mostly due to all the "Judge Retain"
question. Below is an excellent article pertaining to all the judges on
this election ballot. Wish I had had this information before I voted.
My appreciation for this article goes out to Mr. Ty Jones, Chairman of the Hardin County Republican Party.
Many of you have asked about the many judges on the ballot for a retention vote this year. Here is a little bit of information that you may find helpful.
As you may know, each of these judges on the ballot were appointed to their positions by one of Tennessee's former Governors (some Republican and some Democrat), or by our current Republican Governor. Every 8 years they face a YES/NO retention vote - basically, the voters of Tennessee are asked to "RETAIN" or "REPLACE" the judges. If they are not retained, our current Republican Governor will appoint a new judge to their position.
There are three
types of judges on the ballot this year:
All of these
judges play a crucial role. For example - Most everyone is familiar
with the fact that our State Supreme Court is the highest appellate
court in the state, but how many of you knew...
I know that was a little bit lengthy, but it is merely one example of the many roles judges play in our state.
One of the most common questions we have received is "Which judges were appointed by Republican Governors and which judges were appointed by Democrat Governors?" Well, below is each judge on the ballot this year, followed by the Governor who appointed them to the bench:
Hopefully you find this to be useful information. There are a LOT of judges on the ballot this year, so don't be afraid to make a list and carry it to the polls with you.
Also, please remember that this is not the sole means of evaluating judges. It is strictly for informational purposes due to the numerous times we have received this question.