So there's no Judicial Nominating Commission...what happens if someone retires?
"It makes for a complicated mess, although we're heard the distinct possibility that something will be done early in the next legislative session" said Tom Lawless, a Nashville lawyer who is chair of the soon-to-be-defunct Judicial Nominating Commission.
Lawless said that without legislative intervention, there is potentially 19 months of no mechanism of replacement of judges in Tennessee.
Tennessee's current method of selecting judges has been extremely controversial. It has especially rankled some conservatives who believe that all judges, even those who sit on the appellate courts, should face popular elections with opponents.