Florida Senate - 2013 SJR 570 By Senator Bradley 7-00225-13 2013570__ 1 Senate Joint Resolution 2 A joint resolution proposing an amendment to Section 8 3 of Article V and the creation of a new section to 4 Article XII of the State Constitution to increase the 5 age after which a justice or judge may no longer serve 6 in a judicial office, to provide for the amendment to 7 apply to justices and judges appointed on or after a 8 specified date, and to provide an effective date. 9 10 Be It Resolved by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 11 12 That the following amendment to Section 8 of Article V and 13 the creation of a new section in Article XII of the State 14 Constitution are agreed to and shall be submitted to the 15 electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 16 general election or at an earlier special election specifically 17 authorized by law for that purpose: 18 ARTICLE V 19 JUDICIARY 20 SECTION 8. Eligibility.—A
Noperson is not shall be21 eligible for the office of justice or judge of any court unless 22 the person is an elector of the state and resides in the 23 territorial jurisdiction of the court. A Nojustice or judge may 24 not shallserve after attaining the age of seventy-five seventy25 years except upon temporary assignment or to complete a term, 26 one-half of which has been served. A Noperson is not eligible 27 for the office of justice of the supreme court or judge of a 28 district court of appeal unless the person is, and has been for 29 the preceding ten years, a member of the bar of Florida. A No30 person is not eligible for the office of circuit judge unless 31 the person is, and has been for the preceding five years, a 32 member of the bar of Florida. Unless otherwise provided by 33 general law, a noperson is not eligible for the office of 34 county court judge unless the person is, and has been for the 35 preceding five years, a member of the bar of Florida. Unless 36 otherwise provided by general law, a person is shall beeligible 37 for election or appointment to the office of county court judge 38 in a county having a population of 40,000 or fewer lessif the 39 person is a member in good standing of the bar of Florida. 40 ARTICLE XII 41 SCHEDULE 42 Eligibility of justices and judges.—The amendment to 43 Section 8 of Article V changing the age after which a justice or 44 judge is no longer eligible for the office of justice or judge 45 of any court except upon temporary assignment or to complete a 46 term and this section shall take effect January 1, 2014, and 47 apply to justices and judges elected or appointed on or after 48 that date. 49 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 50 placed on the ballot: 51 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 52 ARTICLE V, SECTION 8 53 REVISING AGE LIMITS FOR JUSTICES AND JUDGES.—The State 54 Constitution currently prohibits a justice or judge from serving 55 in a judicial office after attaining the age of 70 years except 56 upon temporary assignment or to complete a judicial term if one 57 half of the term has been served. This proposed amendment 58 increases the age after which a justice or judge may no longer 59 serve to 75 years of age. However, a justice or judge who has 60 attained the age of 75 years may continue to serve upon 61 temporary assignment or to complete a judicial term. The 62 proposed amendment takes effect January 1, 2014, and applies to 63 justices or judges elected or appointed on or after that date.