Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Should Judges be chosen by the lawyers or the people?

The Tennessee Constitution says VERY clearly that judges should be elected by the people.

Sooo...the General Assembly, under pressure from lawyers, decided NOT to elect the judges. They decided, instead, to have lawyers create a commission to be the gatekeeper. This commission decides who can be considered to be a judge.

The Commission procedure for choosing judges is COMPLETELY unconstitutional and should be eliminated IMMEDIATELY in favor of the procedure explicitly set out in the Tennessee Constitution.

“Who are we to say that what we now have is ‘merit selection’ or ‘merit-based?” Norris said. “The ultimate arbiters of the merit of anyone to administer justice in Tennessee are the people of Tennessee; not those appointed to commissions; not those elected to preside over the commissions others appoint.