Currently, the Florida Supreme Court justices and Appellate Court judges are appointed by the Governor and only face a merit retention system where citizens vote yes or no on the judge every six years. This merit retention system has failed to hold judges accountable and no judge has ever been ousted in a merit retention vote. Because judges know once appointed, they will never be voted out in a merit retention vote, they are free to push their political agenda in irreversible ways that affect the everyday lives of Floridians.
HJR 1 would "return the power to the people" by placing a 12-year cap on Florida’s state appellate and Supreme Court judges. A 12-year cap at the high court would place limits on the most powerful, least accountable branch of Florida government, increase the rotation of judges serving and broaden the pool of potential nominees – all positive outcomes.
HJR 1 would ask the state’s voters to approve a 12-year term limit for all Supreme Court justices and appeals court judges. If passed by the Florida Legislature, it would go before voters in 2018.
HJR 1 will be heard in the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday February 21st at 4:00 PM.
Call and e-mail the members of the House Judiciary Committee and tell them to support HJR 1 to bring accountability to our court system.