Florida Civil Suit Trials in Certain Counties, Amendment 5 (1960)

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The Florida Civil Suit Trials in Certain Counties Amendment, also known as Amendment 5, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 8, 1960.

This amendment modified Article XVI of the Florida Constitution to provide for jury trials of civil suits in certain municipalities within Volusia and Highlands Counties.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 5 (1960)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 425,053 73.57%
No152,70226.43%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1959-1960) (p.552-557)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

NO. 5

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO

ARTICLE XVI

Proposing an amendment to Article XVI of the State Constitution relating to the location of County Offices by adding two new sections numbered 4B and 4C to provide that the Legislature may provide that jury trials of civil suits may be held in addition to the county seat in any municipality within Volusia and Highlands Counties designated by any Circuit Judge of the Judicial Circuit in which the County is located; the Legislature may provide also that the Clerk of any Court or any other Court officer within said Counties shall maintain offices within such municipalities and have available such official records, etc., as may be necessary to accomplish the purposes of this amendment, provided however, that the principal office of such Clerk or other officers shall not be removed from the County Seat.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 4B. Civil Jury Trials in Volusia County; Location in Certain Municipalities within Said County. The legislature may, from time to time and as the business of Volusia county may require, provide that trial by jury of all civil suits, properly triable by jury according to law, may be had and held in addition to the county seat in any municipality, within said county, designated by any circuit judge of the 7th judicial circuit. The legislature may provide also that the clerk of any court or any other court officer, within said county, shall maintain such offices within such municipality, and have available such official books and records therein, as may be necessary to accomplish the purposes of this amendment; provided, however, that the principal offices of such clerks or other officers shall not be removed from the county seat.

Section 4C. Civil Jury Trials in Highlands County; Location in Certain Municipalities Within Said County. The legislature may, from time to time and as the business of Highlands county may require, provide that trial by jury of all civil suits, properly triable by jury according to law, may be had and held in addition to the county seat in any municipality, within said county, designated by any circuit judge of the 10th judicial circuit. The legislature may provide also that the clerk of any court or any other court officer, within said county, shall maintain such offices within such municipality, and have available such official books and records therein, as may be necessary to accomplish the purposes of this amendment; provided, however, that the principal offices of such clerks or other officers shall not be removed from the county seat.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by House Joint Resolution 409 of 1959.
  • The amendment was filed with the Secretary of State on June 12, 1959.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Amendments made to state constitution November 8, 1960
  2. Bradford County telegraph, "General Election, Sample Ballot," October 27, 1960
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.