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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700388: Discipline of State Attorneys by Sean Kevin Gravel

ARTICLE V: JUDICIARY, Section 17. State attorneys.

SECTION 17.State attorneys.

(1) In each judicial circuit a state attorney shall be elected for a term of four years. Except as otherwise provided in this constitution, the state attorney shall be the prosecuting officer of all trial courts in that circuit and shall perform other duties prescribed by general law; provided, however, when authorized by general law, the violations of all municipal ordinances may be prosecuted by municipal prosecutors. No trial properly held in one circuit shall be taken away from the State Attorney of that circuit and given to another. If the Governor believes that a State Attorney committed some form of misconduct, he or she may suspend that State Attorney pursuant to Article IV, Section 7 of this Constitution.

(2) A state attorney shall be an elector of the state and reside in the territorial jurisdiction of the circuit; shall be and have been a member of the bar of Florida for the preceding five years; shall devote full time to the duties of the office; and shall not engage in the private practice of law. State attorneys shall appoint such assistant state attorneys as may be authorized by law.