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State is taking applications for new judge position; may redraw judicial districts


State is taking applications for new judge position; may redraw judicial districts

 The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is accepting applications by July 9 for a Circuit Court judge in the 21st Judicial District, which covers Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson Counties.

The position becomes effective Sept. 1, 2018. The court was created by Chapter 974 of the Public Acts of 2018.

That bill, passed in April and signed by Gov. Bill Haslam in May, adds judges in the 16th Judicial District (Rutherford and Cannon counties), the 19th Judicial District (Montgomery and Robertson counties), and the 21st Judicial District (Hickman, Lewis, Perry and Williamson Counties).

According to the bill, “lt is the intent of the general assembly by adding an additional trial court in the twenty-first judicial district that the interests of public access to the courts and economy of judicial travel are best served by the presiding judge designating the new trial court created
by subdivision to serve Hickman, Lewis, and Perry counties.”

The Vacancy Commission will make a recommendation to Gov. Bill Haslam, who will appoint a judge to serve through 2020, when the judge will stand for election to an eight-year term.

Qualified applicants must be licensed attorneys who are at least 30 years of age, have been residents of the state for five years, and are residents of the 21st Judicial District. Interested applicants must complete the Trial Court Vacancy Commission Application, which is available at www.tncourts.gov, and submit it to the Administrative Office of the Courts by noon CDT on Monday, July 9, 2018.

The same legislation that added the judges also creates an advisory task force to review the composition of Tennessee’s current judicial districts and create a statewide redistricting plan no later than December 1,2019.

“The plan shall provide reasonable and timely access to Tennessee’s circuit, chancery, and criminal courts and shall promote the efficient utilization of publicly funded resources allocated for the courts.”

The speaker of the senate and speaker of the house must appoint the task force of three judges, three district attorneys, three public defenders and two citizen members by no later than September 1, 2018.

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