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Florida Pinellas County Civil Jury Trials, Amendment 12 (1956)

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The Florida Pinellas County Civil Jury Trials Amendment, also known as Amendment 12, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on November 6, 1956.

This amendment modified Article XVI of the Florida Constitution to provide for civil jury trials, as well as certain court officers, in Pinellas County.[1][2]

Election results

Florida Amendment 5 (1956)
Approveda Yes 286,668 75.70%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1955-1956) (p.388-391)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

No. 12



A proposed Amendment to Article XVI of the Constitution of the State of Florida to be numbered Section 4A providing that the Legislature may make provision for trial by jury of civil suits to be held in any municipality within Pinellas County having a population of more than 75,000 inhabitants; providing that the Clerk of any Court or any other court officer shall maintain such office in such municipality, keep official books and records therein and that the principal offices of such clerk and other officers shall not be removed from county seat.[1][3]

Constitutional changes

The text of the amendment read:

Section 4A. Civil Jury Trials in Pinellas County; Location in Certain Municipalities Within said County. The legislature may, from time to time and as the business of Pinellas 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 any municipality, within said county, having a population of more than seventy-five thousand (75,000) inhabitants according to the latest official census. 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 keep 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.[2]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 St. Petersburg Times, "Sample Ballot," November 6, 1956
  2. 2.0 2.1 Florida Constitutional Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-6-56,"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.