Florida Judicial Qualification Amendment (2012)

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A Florida Judicial Qualification Amendment did not make the November 6, 2012 state ballot in Florida as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment.

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.[1][2]

A bill was filed in the Senate by Sen. Jeremy Ring and in the House by Rep. Ari Porth.

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 Healthcare 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.

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See also: Florida law for legislatively-referred constitutional amendments

In order to qualify for the November 2012 ballot the proposed amendment required approval by a minimum of 60% in the both the House and the Senate. The proposal died in committee in May 2011.

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