Proposed bill for judge licensing dies in House

by | March 28, 2013 12:00 am

A bill that would have removed licensing requirements for judges has reportedly died in the house.
The proposed bill, which would have amended sections of the Tennessee Code Annotated effectively changing the current qualifications to become a city, court of criminal appeals, general sessions, or court of appeals judge by removing licensing requirements, was taken off notice in the House yesterday.
The proposed bill would have allowed individuals who are not licensed attorneys could serve as judges.
According to the Administrative Office of the Courts, “the bill could result in persons untrained in Tennessee law serving as judges. The complexity of current law and court rules would limit the ability of a non-lawyer to operate court as efficiently as a licensed attorney. This could potentially lead to backlogged dockets and require additional judges.”
Based on current salaries, benefits, research, office space, and administrative assistant costs the estimated increase for an additional judge at any state or local level is estimated to exceed $200,000.
No comment from the bill’s sponsor, House Rep. Barbara Cooper, of Memphis, was available as of press time.

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