Supremes Hold Hearing on Changing Rules for Judges

State Supreme Court justices held a four-hour hearing on proposed new rules for judges – including some dealing with their involvement in politics – without reaching any conclusions, reports Chas Sisk. The decision on adopting them likely will come sometime early next year with the Legislature in session.
The effort comes as the Republican-controlled state legislature is considering several bills that would restructure Tennessee’s system of choosing, electing and disciplining judges. It also comes amid criticism that judges have been unresponsive to complaints of conflicts of interest and that many are too distracted by outside pursuits to do their jobs effectively.
Associate Justice William C. Koch Jr. acknowledged criticism of the bench at the hearing’s outset. Koch asked Chattanooga attorney Max Bahner, who presented the TBA’s recommendations, whether the effort had been prompted by complaints that the judiciary is out of control.
“Frankly, I have never heard any of those comments from anybody,” Bahner said.
“You haven’t been spending much time in Nashville,” Koch replied.

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