Tennessee Court of Appeals

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Tennessee Court of Appeals
Established1925; 98 years ago (1925)
LocationKnoxville, Nashville, and Jackson
Composition methodExecutive selection plus
Non-partisan retention
see Tennessee Plan
Authorized byTennessee General Assembly
Appeals toTennessee Supreme Court
Number of positions12 – panels of 3 justices

The Tennessee Court of Appeals (in case citation, Tenn. Ct. App.) 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 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 September 2019 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
  • Carma Dennis McGee – 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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