Florida Number of District Courts, Amendment 1 (1960)

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The Florida Number of District Courts Amendment, also known as Amendment 1, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 8, 1960.

This amendment modified Article V of the Florida Constitution in relation to the number and organization of the district courts of appeal and the number of judges for each district court.[1]

Election results

Florida Amendment 1 (1960)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 519,648 79.24%
No136,10620.76%

Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1959-1960) (p.552-557)

Text of measure

The language that appeared on the ballot:

NO. 1

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO
ARTICLE V, SECTION 5, SUBSECTIONS

(1) and (2)

Proposing an amendment to Article V, Section 5, subsection (1) and (2) of the Constitution relating to the number and organization of the district courts of appeal, providing that there shall be organized a district court of appeal in each district and that the Legislature may provide not more than two additional judges for any district court of appeal and may reduce the number for any district to not less than three.[2][3]

Constitutional changes

Section 5. District Courts of Appeal.

(1) Appellate Districts. The state shall be divided into three appellate districts of contiguous counties as the Legislature may 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 judges of each district court of appeal. The Legislature may provide not more than two additional judges for any district court of appeal and may reduce the number for any district to not less than three. Three 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 session every year in each judicial circuit within the district wherein there is ready business to transact.[1]

Path to the ballot

  • The amendment was placed on the ballot by House Joint Resolution 1601 of 1959.
  • The amendment was filed with the Secretary of State on June 19, 1959.[1]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Amendments made to state constitution November 8, 1960
  2. Bradford County telegraph, "General Election, Sample Ballot," October 27, 1960
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.