The Florida Number of County Judges Amendment, also known as Amendment 7, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 8, 1966.
This amendment modified Article V of the Florida Constitution to provide that the legislature can determine the number of county judges in each county.
| Florida Amendment 7 (1966)|
| Yes|| 452,974|| 68.98%|
Election results via: Florida Secretary of State
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
|| NO. 7—CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE V, SECTION 7
JUDICIAL, County Judges’ Courts. Proposing an amendment to Article V, Section 7, of the State Constitution providing that the Legislature shall provide the number of County Judges in each county and the monetary jurisdiction in cases at law in County Judge’s Court; deleting the requirement that County Judges issue all licenses.
Section 7. County Judges’ Courts.
(1) Establishment. There shall be a county judge’s court in each county.
(2) County Judges. There shall be in each county a county judge or county judges in such number as the legislature shall provide who shall be elected by the qualified electors of the county at the time and places of voting for other county officers and shall hold office for four (4) years. Compensation shall be as provided by law.
(3) Jurisdiction. The county judges’ courts shall have original jurisdiction in all cases at law in which the demand or value of property involved shall be as provided by the legislature; of proceedings relating to the forcible or unlawful detention of lands and tenements; and of such criminal cases as the legislature may prescribe. The county judges’ courts shall have jurisdiction of the settlement of the estate of decedents and minors, to order the sale of real estate of decedents and minors, to take probate of wills, to grant letters testamentary and of administration and guardianship, and to discharge the duties usually pertaining to courts of probate. The county judge shall have the power of committing magistrates.
Path to the ballot
- The amendment was placed on the ballot by Senate Joint Resolution 662 of 1965.
- The amendment was filed with the Secretary of State on June 25, 1963.