The Florida Justices of the Peace Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on October 6, 1896.
This amendment modified Article V of the Florida Constitution in relation to the authority of Justices of the Peace.
| Florida Amendment 4 (October 1896)|
| Yes|| 8,327|| 94.78%|
Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1895-1896)
Text of measure
No sample ballot has yet been identified.
Section 22. The justices of the peace shall have jurisdiction in cases at law in which the demand or value of the property involved does not exceed $100.00, and in which the cause of action accrued or the defendant resides in his district; and in such criminal cases, except felonies, as may be prescribed by law, and he shall have power to issue process for the arrest of all persons charged with felonies and misdemeanors not within his jurisdiction to try, and make the same returnable before himself or the county judge for examination, discharge, commitment or bail of the accused. Justices of the peace shall have power to hold inquests of the dead. Appeal from justices of the peace courts in criminal cases may be tried de novo under such regulations as the legislature may prescribe.
Path to the ballot
- The amendment was placed on the ballot by Joint Resolution 4 of 1895.
- The amendment was approved for the ballot on May 30, 1895.