Keep Our Judges Impartial

Firm News Posted on Oct 28, 2012

Judge's Gavel
If you wish to retain a fair, impartial, and independent judicial system in the state of Florida, we recommend you vote “yes” on retaining the three Florida Supreme Court Justices, and vote “no” on Amendment 5.

When our forefathers drafted our Constitution, they set up three distinct and separate branches of government: the Executive Branch, the Legislative Branch, and the Judicial Branch. We tend to focus upon the first two branches of government and spend little time focusing on the importance of the Judicial Branch of government.

Having an impartial Judiciary that is independent of the Executive and Legislative branches of government is necessary to create the checks and balances that make our system function properly. Our Florida Constitution calls for a “fair and independent judiciary.”

In Florida, our justices to the Supreme Court are appointed by the governor after being screened by legal experts. Every six years, justices face a state-wide merit retention vote. When they make decisions on the bench that are unpopular with one special interest or another, they can become vulnerable to a politicized effort to remove them. Florida Supreme Court Justices are R. Fred Lewis, Barbara J. Pariente, and Peggy A. Quinn. On November 6th, they will appear on the ballot for merit retention, and the electorate will have the chance to vote “yes” or “no.”

There is a movement being led by conservative Republicans and out-of-state special interest groups to oust these three justices from the Florida Supreme Court. Voters should be aware that the Florida Bar recently polled its members who gave approval to all three justices, ranging from 89% to 92%. While no judge is going to make decisions that are 100% popular 100% of the time, the fact that these judges have such high approval ratings from attorneys who practice in front of them confirms that they should not be dismissed from the Florida Supreme Court. Florida Supreme Court Justices need to be encouraged to decide cases based upon our states Constitution, not on what is politically correct, expedient, or popular at the time. If the three judges are voted off the bench, it will be a huge blow to an independent and impartial judiciary in Florida.

Another critical issue on November’s ballot is Amendment 5 which if passed will further erode the independence and impartiality of judges in the state of Florida. Amendment 5 proposes to require Florida Senate confirmation of state Supreme Court Justices and give the legislature control over changes to the rules governing the judicial system. This proposed Amendment would take power away from the Judicial branch of government and put more political power into the hands of lawmakers. This would certainly undermine the independence of the judiciary and weaken the separation of the state’s three branches of government. A “yes” vote on Amendment 5 simply gives too much power over all areas of government to our legislature.

If you wish to retain a fair, impartial, and independent judicial system in the state of Florida, we recommend you vote “yes” on retaining the three Florida Supreme Court Justices, and vote “no” on Amendment 5.

Related posts

Bankruptcy attorneys explain what assets you can keep in Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Florida

Filing for bankruptcy can be a challenging decision, and understanding how it impacts your assets is crucial. In Florida, bankruptcy

Attorney Josh Heller Super Lawyers Rising Stars

We are proud to share that Attorney Josh Heller has been named to the 2023 Florida Super Lawyers® Rising Stars list. This is the fifth

Jul 25, 2023
Top 40 Under 40 National Trial Lawyers

We are proud to announce that Attorney Taylor Hoskins has once again been named to the National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40 list for

Jul 20, 2023

Our offices

Port St. Lucie Office 1555 NW St. Lucie West Blvd.
Suite 203, Port St. Lucie, Fl. 34986
Fort Pierce Office 02 South Second Street
Ft. Pierce, FL 34950
Vero Beach Office 2101 15th Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32960
Okeechobee Office 1910 S Parrott Ave
Okeechobee, FL 34974

We’ll review your case for free—no cost, no obligations.

Get the answers you need. We’ll review your case today, for free.

"*" indicates required fields

This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.