Judicial Branch on the Ballot

Tired of the party?  Look at judicial elections:  it is illegal for a political party or partisan political organization to endorse, support or assist any candidate in a campaign for election to judicial office. Judicial elections are non-partisan, meaning the candidates are on the ballot without reference to political party.  Furthermore, appeals court judges and Florida Supreme Court Justices do not run against opponents or each other.  The voting public gets to decide if they stay or not through merit retention elections. Not all districts in Florida have judges up for merit retention; however, every Florida voter will get to decide on keeping three Florida Supreme Court Justices. For more information on judicial candidates and their backgrounds visit the Florida Bar website at www.FloridaBar.org/TheVotesInYourCourt and www.FloridaBar.org/JudicialCandidates. Remember to vote on Tuesday, November 6 (if you have not already).   Read More

The Vote Is In Your Court – Judicial Elections

Your voter’s registration is good for more than just jury duty.  It enables you to help determine who sits on the bench.  There are fifteen Appeals Court Judges and three Florida Supreme Court Justices coming up for merit retention…where the vote is in your court. Appeals Court Judges get into office via gubernatorial appointment; however, they have to go through periodic merit retention with the voters to remain on the bench.  Four Appeals Court Judges are on the 2012 ballot in the First District Court of Appeals, which covers Duval, Nassau, and Clay Counties. There are no Appeals Court Judges from the Fifth District Court of Appeals (DCA) due for merit retention.  That means St. Johns, Flagler, and Putnam Counties (among others) only have to be concerned with the three Florida Supreme Court Justices due for statewide majority appeal or rejection. So who are these judicial merit people on the ballot?  It is illegal for a political party or partisan political organization to endorse, support or assist any candidate in a campaign for election to judicial office; however, the Florida Bar has a campaign to educate Florida voters.  Go to www.FloridaBar.org/TheVotesInYourCourt for candidate profiles and to find out more about […] Read More

Florida Supreme Court

Florida Supreme Court As a Florida attorney, you get to pray facing Tallahassee and the Florida Supreme Court. The Supreme Court of Florida has been around for over 150 years and the seal used predates the statehood.  They used to pick Chief Justices using a Bible or law book and whichever Justice opened to a page whose first word began with a letter closest to “Z” would be the Chief Justice.  Much has changed since 1845 when Florida became a state and was the least populous of the southern states to now when we are the fourth most populous state nationwide. “The mission of the Florida Judicial Branch is to protect rights and liberties, uphold and interpret the law, and provide for the peaceful resolution of disputes.”  Its vision is to be accessible, fair, effective, responsive, and accountable. To learn more about the Florida Supreme Court, visit http://www.floridasupremecourt.org. Read More

Sense of Justice

Sense of Justice According to comedienne, Tina Fey, “Nothing is scarier, by the way, than a bunch of adults being very quiet.”  That is a panel of justices for you, or a jury, or just a judge with a seething silence.  The courtroom tends to be a quiet place:  the serene halls of justice upheld by an armed guy who will shoot you if you get rowdy. You can always represent yourself in court; however, there are many nuances and complexities of law, as well as updates which help keep our justice system an evolutionary part of American government.  These are good reasons to have good representation whether you enter a court of law as a plaintiff or a defendant.  An attorney can help guide you through the legal process, review the possible outcomes, and prepare your case for the best benefit to you. Plus a panel of justices can be a tough audience to play to.   Read More