Florida Senate - 2016 SJR 322 By Senator Hutson 6-00347-16 2016322__ 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 in 4 Article XII of the State Constitution to create term 5 limits for Supreme Court justices and judges of the 6 district courts of appeal. 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 and 11 the creation of a new Section in Article XII of the State 12 Constitution are agreed to and shall be submitted to the 13 electors of this state for approval or rejection at the next 14 general election or at an earlier special election specifically 15 authorized by law for that purpose: 16 ARTICLE V 17 JUDICIARY 18 SECTION 8. Eligibility.— 19 (a) No person shall be eligible for office of justice or 20 judge of any court unless the person is an elector of the state 21 and resides in the territorial jurisdiction of the court. No 22 justice or judge shall serve after attaining the age of seventy 23 years except upon temporary assignment or to complete a term, 24 one-half of which has been served. 25 (b) No person is eligible for the office of justice of the 26 supreme court or judge of a district court of appeal unless the 27 person is, and has been for the preceding ten years, a member of 28 the bar of Florida. No person is eligible for the office of 29 circuit judge unless the person is, and has been for the 30 preceding five years, a member of the bar of Florida. Unless 31 otherwise provided by general law, no person is eligible for the 32 office of county court judge unless the person is, and has been 33 for the preceding five years, a member of the bar of Florida. 34 Unless otherwise provided by general law, a person shall be 35 eligible for election or appointment to the office of county 36 court judge in a county having a population of 40,000 or less if 37 the person is a member in good standing of the bar of Florida. 38 (c) No person may appear on the ballot for retention to the 39 office of justice of the supreme court or judge of a district 40 court of appeal if, by the end of the current term of office, 41 the person has ever served or, but for resignation, would have 42 served in that office for two consecutive full terms. 43 ARTICLE XII 44 SCHEDULE 45 Applicability of limitations on the terms of justices and 46 judges.—The amendment to Section 8 of Article V shall take 47 effect upon approval by the electors. The limitations of the 48 amendment on the terms of justices of the supreme court and 49 judges of the district courts of appeal apply to justices and 50 judges in office on the effective date of the amendment. 51 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the following statement be 52 placed on the ballot: 53 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT 54 ARTICLE V, SECTION 8 55 ARTICLE XII 56 TERM LIMITS FOR APPELLATE COURTS.—Proposing an amendment to 57 the State Constitution to limit the terms of Supreme Court 58 justices and judges of the district courts of appeal. They 59 currently serve unlimited 6-year terms, if retained, until age 60 70 or beyond that age, if less than one-half of a term remains 61 at age 70. This amendment would limit them to two full terms. A 62 partial term would not count toward the limit. This amendment 63 applies to current justices and judges.