Tennessee Court of Appeals Information

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Tennessee Court of Appeals
Country Tennessee, United States
Location Knoxville, Nashville, and Jackson
Composition methodExecutive selection plus
Non-partisan retention
see Tennessee Plan
Authorized by Tennessee General Assembly
Decisions are appealed to Tennessee Supreme Court
No. of positions12 - panels of 3 justices
Website http://www.tncourts.gov/courts/court-appeals

The Tennessee Court of Appeals was created in 1925 by the Tennessee General Assembly as an intermediate appellate court to hear appeals in civil cases from the Tennessee state trial courts.

(Appeals from criminal cases are heard by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.) Appeals of judgments made by the Court of Appeals may be made to the Tennessee Supreme Court.


The Court has twelve judges who sit on three-judge panels in Jackson, Knoxville, and Nashville. Judges are chosen via the Tennessee Plan: they are elected every eight years, and must be evaluated prior to the election in order to keep voters informed. If a vacancy occurs between election cycles (for example, if a judge dies or retires), the 17-member Tennessee Judicial Selection Commission interviews applicants and recommends three candidates to the governor. The governor then appoints a new judge to serve in the interim period until the next August general election.

The twelve judges sitting on the Court as of April 2018 are: [1]

  • Kenny Armstrong - Western Section
  • Andy D. Bennett - Middle Section
  • Frank G. Clement, Jr. - Middle Section
  • Richard H. Dinkins - Middle Section
  • Thomas R. Frierson, II - Eastern Section
  • Brandon O. Gibson - Western Section
  • Arnold B. Goldin - Western Section
  • W. Neal McBrayer - Middle Section
  • John Westley McClarty - Eastern Section
  • J. Steven Stafford - Western Section
  • Charles D. Susano, Jr. - Eastern Section
  • D. Michael Swiney - Eastern Section


  1. ^ "Court of Appeals Judges". TN Administrative Office of the Courts. Retrieved May 4, 2015.

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