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Florida Constitution Revision Commission

PUB 700022: Supreme Court Judge Eligibility - Non Lawyer/Attorney, Remove Age Restrictions by David Dweck

ARTICLE V: JUDICIARY, Section 8. Eligibility.

SECTION 8.Eligibility.

No person shall be eligible for office of justice or judge of any court unless the person is an elector of the state and resides in the territorial jurisdiction of the court. No justice or judge shall serve after attaining the age of seventy years except upon temporary assignment or to complete a term, one-half of which has been served. No person is eligible for the office of justice of the supreme court or judge of a district court of appeal unless the person is, and has been for the preceding ten years, a resident of the Statemember of the bar of Florida. No person is eligible for the office of circuit judge unless the person is, and has been for the preceding five years, a resident of the Statemember of the bar of Florida. Unless otherwise provided by general law, no person is eligible for the office of county court judge unless the person is, and has been for the preceding five years, a member of the bar resident of The State of Florida. Unless otherwise provided by general law, a person shall be eligible for election or appointment to the office of county court judge in a county having a population of 40,000 or less if the person is a member in good standing of the bar resident of The State of Florida.