- Associated Press - Monday, April 28, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Nine candidates have applied to fill an upcoming vacancy on the Court of Criminal Appeals caused by the Judge Jerry Smith’s decision to leave the bench in August.

The applicants include two public defenders, two judges, two attorneys in private practice, a prosecutor, a claims commissioner and an attorney for the state Legislature.

The Governor’s Commission for Judicial Appointments is scheduled to interview the applicants that the Legislative Plaza in Nashville on May 13. The panel will then select three finalists for Republican Gov. Bill Haslam to choose from.

The commission is also accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals created by Haslam’s appointment of Judge Holly Kirby to the state Supreme Court. The deadline to apply is Wednesday.



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