The Florida Appellate Districts Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 2, 1965.
This amendment modified Article V of the Florida Constitution to prescribe the number of appellate districts within the state and the number of judges to serve each district.
| Florida Amendment 1 (1965)|
| Yes|| 394,039|| 69.54%|
Unofficial election results via: Ocala Star-Banner (November 3, 1965)
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
SUBSECTIONS (1) AND (2)
TO ARTICLE V, SECTION 5
Judiciary, District Courts of Appeal—Proposing an amendment to Article V, Section 5, subsections (1) and (2) of the State Constitution to provide that the state shall be divided into four or more appellate districts of contiguous counties as the Legislature may prescribe and that the Legislature may provide for additional judges for any district court of appeal and may reduce the number of any district to not less than three.
Section 5. District Courts of Appeal.
(1) Appellate Districts. The state shall be divided into four (4) or more appellate districts of contiguous counties as the Legislature may from time to time prescribe, and there shall be organized a district court of appeal in each district.
(2) Organization; Number and Selection of Judges. There shall initially be three (3) judges in each district court of appeal, and the Legislature may provide for additional judges for any district court of appeal and may reduce the number of any district to not less than three (3). Three (3) judges shall constitute a panel for and shall consider each case, and the concurrence of a majority of the panel shall be necessary to a decision. The court shall hold at least one (1) session every year in each judicial circuit within the district wherein there is ready business to transact. After a change in the territorial limits of any appellate district, all proceedings then pending within the jurisdiction of each district court of appeal shall be transferred to the court then having jurisdiction, except causes which have been orally argued.
Path to the ballot
- The amendment was placed on the ballot by Senate Joint Resolution 261 of 1965.
- The amendment was approved by the Governor on June 24, 1965.
- The amendment was filed with the Secretary of State on June 25, 1965.