Florida Judicial Qualification Amendment (2012)
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The measure would have increased the period of time that a person must be a member of The Florida Bar from five to 10 years in order to be eligible for county and circuit court judgeships, much like the eligibility requirements for appellate judges.
If the bill was referred to the ballot, it would have required 60 percent voter approval for adoption.
Several judicial reform measures were proposed by the legislature in early 2011 for the 2012 statewide ballot. The proposals were developed following the removal of three legislatively-referred measures in 2010 by state courts. Measures removed from the ballot included: Florida Redistricting, Amendment 7, Florida Property Tax Limit, Amendment 3 and Florida Health Care Freedom, Amendment 9.
Judicial reform proposals filed legislators include amendments to judicial qualifications, appointee certification, judicial retention, court rules, release of court records and splitting the Florida Supreme Court into two courts. The list of proposals can be viewed here.
Path to the ballot
- Associated Press,"House debate begins on Fla. courts overhaul plan," April 14, 2011
- The Miami Herald,"Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon wants to revamp state Supreme Court," April 5, 2011
- The Ledger,"Move to Reshape Florida's Courts Advances With Backing of House Speaker," March 18, 2011
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