The Judicial Accountability Law
or J.A.I.L. 4 Judges
did not appear on the November 4, 2008
statewide ballot in Florida
as an initiated constitutional amendment
. The measure would have removed judicial immunity while presiding over court. This meant that notwithstanding common law or any other provision to the contrary, no immunities shall be extended to any judge of this state except as is specifically set forth in this Amendment. Preserving the purpose of protecting judges from frivolous and harassing actions, no immunity shielding a judge shall be construed to extend to any deliberate violation of law, fraud or conspiracy, intentional violation of due process of law, deliberate disregard of material facts, judicial acts without jurisdiction, blocking of a lawful conclusion of a case, or any deliberate violation of the Constitutions of Florida or the United States.
J.A.I.L. intended to stop:
- Any deliberate violation of law
- Fraud or conspiracy
- Intentional violation of due process of law
- Deliberate disregard of material facts
- Judicial acts without jurisdiction
- Blocking of a lawful conclusion of a case
- Any deliberate violation of the state or federal Constitutions
National grassroots movement
The JAIL 4 Judges was a national grassroots movement based of an initiative this running campaigns in Alabama, California, Florida, Indiana, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Vermont.
Florida J.A.I.L. 4 Judges was sponsoring the local initiative, using the case of Nancy Grant as an example of Judicial corruption.
During the 2006 campaign, Justice at Stake was opposed to the initiative claiming it to be radical and make judges accountable to fringe special interests.
Signatures were submitted for verification to the Florida Secretary of State. This measure did not make the ballot.