Florida County Courts, Amendment 3 (1904)

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The Florida County Courts Amendment was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was defeated on the ballot on November 8, 1904.

This amendment sought to modify Article V of the Florida Constitution to establish county courts.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 3 (1904)
Defeatedd No6,02361.63%
Yes 3,750 38.37%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1903-1904)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

Article V, Section 18.—Establishing county courts, prescribing their jurisdiction, requiring the county judge to be an attorney at law and providing for the election of prosecuting attorneys.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 18. The legislature may organize in such counties as it may think proper county courts which shall have jurisdiction of all cases at law in which the demand or value of the property involved shall not exceed five hundred dollars; of proceedings relating to the forcible entry or unlawful detention of lands and tenements, and of misdemeanors, and final appellate jurisdiction in civil cases arising in the courts of the justices of the peace.

The trial of such appeals may be de novo at the option of the appellant. The county judge shall be the judge of the county court, and shall be an attorney-at-law.

There shall be elected by the qualified electors of said county at the time when the said judge is elected a prosecuting attorney for said county, who shall hold office for four years. His duties and compensation shall be prescribed by law. Such courts may be abolished at the pleasure of the Legislature.

Provided that all county judges holding said office at the ratification of this amendment shall continue in the exercise of the duties thereof according to their respective commissions and until their successors are duly qualified, and provided further, that when any county court shall hereafter be established in any county in this State, the county judge of said county shall hold his office and perform the duties of judge of the county court until his term of office shall expire.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by Senate Joint Resolution 3 of 1903.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-8-04"
  2. The Daily Miami Metropolis, "Educational Ballot," November 7, 1904
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.