Currently in Tennessee, there is an unprecedented and misguided attempt by some state lawmakers to remove a highly qualified and respected judge because they disagree with one of her decisions.
During her 25-year career on the bench, Chancellor Lyle has consistently handed down thousands of legal rulings based on the law. Tennessee’s legislature has never in its long history removed a judge from office. This resolution is a threat to judicial independence and, if passed, would quickly erode the fundamental separation of powers. As this bill makes its way through the state legislature, concerned citizens must come together and express opposition.
On March 2, 2021, the Nashville Bar Association and Tennessee Bar Association have taken positions against this alarming legislation.
According to the Nashville Bar Association:
“Alexander Hamilton taught that the Judicial Branch is beyond comparison the weakest of the three departments of power . . . it can never attack with success either of the other two . . .; all possible care is requisite to enable it to defend itself against their attacks.’
The judiciary is unable to defend itself from attacks on its independence. Accordingly, it is up to the community and attorneys to stand up for this fundamental principle. We urge others to join us in defending against this attack on the independent judiciary.”
Attack on one judge threatens Tennessee’s independent judicial system (Opinion | Tennessean article)
House Republicans’ Attempt to Remove Nashville Judge May Set Off War (Nashville Scene Article)