Florida County Court
The County Courts handle such matters as misdemeanors, small claims (under $500 disputed), civil cases (under $15,000 disputed), and traffic violations. Jurisdiction is established by statute.
The number of judges per county varies by the population and caseload of the county. They serve for six-year terms, and are selected via the nonpartisan election method. Midterm vacancies may be filled via gubernatorial appointment.
Qualifications to be a County Court judge include:
- A person must be an elector of the county
- Must have been a member of The Florida Bar for five years
- In counties with a population of 40,000 or less, a person must only be a member of the Florida Bar