Florida Duval County Criminal Court of Record, Amendment 5 (1962)
The Florida Duval County Criminal Court of Record Amendment, also known as Amendment 5, was a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment in Florida which was approved on the ballot on November 6, 1962.
- This amendment modified the Florida Constitution to provide for the State Attorney of the 4th Judicial Circuit to be the prosecuting attorney of the Duval County Criminal Court of Record.
|Florida Amendment 5 (1962)|
Election results via: Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1961-1962)
Text of measure
The language that appeared on the ballot:
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO
Proposing an amendment to Article V, Section 9A providing that on and after the First Tuesday after the first Monday in January 1965 the State Attorney of the Fourth Judicial Circuit shall be the prosecuting attorney of the Criminal Court of Record of Duval County, providing that the office of County Solicitor shall be abolished.
Section 9A. Additional Judge, Duval County Criminal Court of Record.
On and after the first Tuesday after the first Monday in January, 1965, the State Attorney of the Fourth (4th) Judicial Circuit shall be the prosecuting attorney of the Criminal Court of Record of Duval County, Florida, and the office of County Solicitor, the position of Assistant County Solicitor, the position of Special Investigator for the County Solicitor in Duval County, shall stand abolished and terminated; and thereafter the State Attorney and his Assistant Attorneys, under his direction, shall perform all the duties and functions of office heretofore performed by the County Solicitor. Pending informations filed in the Criminal Court of Record shall not be invalidated hereby, and the State Attorney, or his Assistant State Attorneys, may file amended informations in any such cases if and when necessary. The Legislature may provide for Assistant State Attorneys and Special Investigators for the State Attorney of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, and all Assistant State Attorneys of said Fourth Judicial Circuit shall be appointed by the State Attorney and sworn in by the Court, and such Assistant State Attorneys shall work under the direction of the State Attorney and shall have full authority to do and perform any official duties and acts that the State Attorney may do and perform within said Fourth Judicial Circuit.
Upon this amendment being adopted all funds appropriated by law approved by the Budget Commission and budgeted by the Board of County Commissioners of Duval County, Florida, and for the purpose of employing Assistant County Solicitors and other office personnel shall thereafter be used for the operation of the State Attorney's office of the Fourth (4th) Judicial Circuit, and for the employing of Assistant State Attorneys and other personnel, of that office, and the State Attorney is hereby authorized to employ such personnel, including Assistant State Attorneys and investigators in the same number and to be paid the same salary as the number of Assistant County Solicitors and investigators employed by the County Solicitor of Duval County, Florida.
Path to the ballot
- The amendment was placed on the ballot by Senate Joint Resolution 218 of 1961.
- The amendment was filed with the Secretary of State on May 30, 1961.
- Report of the Secretary of State of the State of Florida (1961-1962)
- Florida Amendments of the Election of 11-6-62
- Sample Ballot (in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, November 5, 1962)
- Florida Constitution Revision Commission, "Amendments, Election of 11-6-62"
- Sarasota Herald-Tribune, "Sample Ballot", November 5, 1962
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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