Florida Senate - 2011 SJR 140 By Senator Ring 32-00183A-11 2011140__ 1 Senate Joint Resolution 2 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 8 3 of Article V of the State Constitution to increase the 4 period of time that a person must be a member of The 5 Florida Bar before becoming eligible for the offices 6 of circuit court or county court judge. 7 8 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 9 10 That the following amendment to Section 8 of Article V of 11 the State Constitution is agreed to and shall be submitted to 12 the electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 13 general election or at an earlier special election specifically 14 authorized by law for that purpose: 15 ARTICLE V 16 JUDICIARY 17 SECTION 8. Eligibility.—No person shall be eligible for 18 office of justice or judge of any court unless the person is an 19 elector of the state and resides in the territorial jurisdiction 20 of the court. No justice or judge shall serve after attaining 21 the age of seventy years except upon temporary assignment or to 22 complete a term, one-half of which has been served. No person is 23 eligible for the office of justice of the supreme court,
or24 judge of a district court of appeal, circuit court judge, or 25 county court judge unless the person is, and has been for the 26 preceding ten years, a member of the bar of Florida. No person27 is eligible for the office of circuit judge unless the person28 is, and has been for the preceding five years, a member of the29 bar of Florida. Unless otherwise provided by general law, no30 person is eligible for the office of county court judge unless31 the person is, and has been for the preceding five years, a32 member of the bar of Florida. Unless otherwise provided by33 general law, a person shall be eligible for election or34 appointment to the office of county court judge in a county35 having a population of 40,000 or less if the person is a member36 in good standing of the bar of Florida.37 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 38 placed on the ballot: 39 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 40 ARTICLE V, SECTION 8 41 INCREASING THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE OFFICES OF CIRCUIT 42 COURT AND COUNTY COURT JUDGES.—The State Constitution currently 43 prohibits a person from serving as a circuit court judge unless 44 the person is, and has been for the proceeding 5 years, a member 45 of The Florida Bar. This same prohibition applies to county 46 court judges, except in counties having a population of 40,000 47 or fewer, where a person need only be a member in good standing 48 of The Florida Bar. This proposed amendment increases to 10 49 years the period of time that a person must be a member of The 50 Florida Bar before serving as a circuit court judge or a county 51 court judge in any county.