As widely expected, a nominating committee has given Gov. Bill Haslam a choice of picking one of three current appeals court justices to fill the state Supreme Court seat vacated in September by former Justice Gary Wade.
All three of the current nominees were appointed to the bench originally by Haslam. They were selected today by a nominating commission appointed by Haslam from nine applicants for the position. By choosing one, of course, the governor will then be able to pick a new appeals court judge to fill the vacancy created on the appeals court bench.
Here’s the news release from the Administrative Office of the Courts with links to the application form information submitted by each:
Nashville, Tenn. – The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments met today in Nashville to consider nine applicants for the vacancy on the Tennessee Supreme Court created by the retirement last month of Justice Gary R. Wade.
After holding a public hearing and interviews of all nine applicants, the council chose three candidates in one round of voting. The nominees are:
Thomas Radcliffe Frierson, Morristown (application, HERE)
Robert H. Montgomery, Jr., Kingsport (application HERE)
Roger Amos Page, Medina (application form HERE)
All three nominees serve on the intermediate appellate courts. Judges Montgomery and Page are on the Court of Criminal Appeals and Judge Frierson is on the Court of Appeals. The Council has forwarded the names to Gov. Bill Haslam for his consideration. Any person appointed by the governor will be subject to confirmation by the legislature within 60 days of the beginning of their next session.
Note: Previous post (listing other applicants) HERE.