Retiring Justice Barker swears in successor
Retiring Chief Justice William M. Barker, will administer the oath of office at 2 p.m. at the Supreme Court Building to incoming Chief Justice Janice M. Holder, who was elected by the Court to serve a two-year term. She was appointed to the Supreme Court in December 1996 and was elected in 1998 to a full eight-year term. In 2006, she was reelected to a second eight-year term.
Justice Janice M. Holder, the third woman in the state’s history to serve on the Supreme Court of Tennessee, will become the first woman ever to serve as its chief justice when she is sworn into office.
“I am grateful to my colleagues on the court for their votes of confidence and look forward to working with them as we continue our efforts to bolster the public’s trust and confidence in the judiciary,” Holder said. “I have the highest respect for the court’s intellectual integrity, enthusiasm, work ethic, and commitment to the law and public service.”