CRC - 2017 P 47 By Commissioner Schifino schifinow-00063A-17 201747__ 1 A proposal to amend 2 Section 8 of Article V and to create a new section in 3 Article XII of the State Constitution to require a 4 person to have at least ten years membership in The 5 Florida Bar in order to be eligible to serve in a 6 judicial office. 7 8 Be It Proposed by the Constitution Revision Commission of 9 Florida: 10 11 Section 8 of Article V of the State Constitution is amended 12 to read: 13 ARTICLE V 14 JUDICIARY 15 SECTION 8. Eligibility.—No person shall be eligible for 16 office of justice or judge of any court unless the person is an 17 elector of the state and resides in the territorial jurisdiction 18 of the court. No justice or judge shall serve after attaining 19 the age of seventy years except upon temporary assignment or to 20 complete a term, one-half of which has been served. No person is 21 eligible for the office of justice or judge of any court
of the22 supreme court or judge of a district court of appealunless the 23 person is, and has been for the preceding ten years, a member of 24 the bar of Florida. No person is eligible for the office of25 circuit judge unless the person is, and has been for the26 preceding five years, a member of the bar of Florida. Unless27 otherwise provided by general law, no person is eligible for the28 office of county court judge unless the person is, and has been29 for the preceding five years, a member of the bar of Florida.30 Unless otherwise provided by general law, a person shall be 31 eligible for election or appointment to the office of county 32 court judge in a county having a population of 40,000 or less if 33 the person is a member in good standing of the bar of Florida. 34 35 A new section is added to Article XII of the State 36 Constitution to read: 37 ARTICLE XII 38 SCHEDULE 39 Qualifications of circuit judges and county court judges. 40 The amendment to Section 8 of Article V, which revises the 41 qualifications for a person to be eligible for the office of 42 circuit judge and county court judge, shall only apply 43 prospectively from January 8, 2019. The amendment may not be 44 construed to affect a person who has assumed the office of 45 circuit judge or county court judge on or before January 8, 46 2019, or any person who has been nominated for a vacancy in the 47 office of circuit judge or county court judge by a judicial 48 nominating commission, but has not yet assumed office, as of 49 January 8, 2019.