Larry Wallace


Judge Larry Wallace, who hears criminal and civil matters in Cheatham County’s state courts, is seeking a seat on the Court of Criminal Appeals — one rung beneath the Tennessee Supreme Court.

The Tennessee Administrative Office of the Courts recently announced the 11 candidates for the job.

Wallace, 52, is vying for a spot on the appellate court’s Nashville-based Middle Tennessee division. The seat opens up Jan. 1 when Judge Thomas Woodall’s retirement takes effect.

The 12-member court meets monthly in panels of three, usually in Nashville, Jackson and Knoxville, according to the judiciary’s administrative office.

Gov. Bill Lee’s Council for Judicial Appointments will interview the 11 applicants in a public hearing Tuesday, Oct. 27 and make a recommendation to Lee.

The Court of Criminal Appeals takes up cases that originated in trial courts statewide, hearing appeals in both felonies and misdemeanors.

Tennessee has a separate intermediate court for civil cases, simply called the Court of Appeals. This court, like its counterpart for criminal cases, is one notch beneath the state Supreme Court.

Wallace serves in the 23rd Judicial District, encompassing Dickson County plus Cheatham, Houston, Humphreys and Stewart counties. Wallace lives in Stewart County, according to his 56-page application for the position.

Wallace mostly hears cases originating in the district’s circuit and chancery courts. He also hears appeals from General Sessions, juvenile and municipal courts, his application says.

He earned his law degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1993. After working as an attorney, he was elected to his present position first in 2006 and again in 2014.

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