Each of Florida’s ELECTED Circuit Court Judges stand before their voters for retention every six years.
This process of retention is deeply rooted in Florida’s Constitution and serves as an important check on the most important branch of government, our state’s judicial branch.
Every six years, voters review the records and conduct of our elected judges and, in nearly every case, they confirm that the judge should continue to serve.
But today, our courts are desperately underfunded with fewer and fewer elected judges to hear every more cases filed before them. And so, increasingly, our courts are turning to the use of senior judges to execute the laws.
Unelected, unaccountable senior judges that do not face the voters are a dangerous incursion onto sacred Constitutional grounds that must not be permitted to continue.
It’s time for our courts to stand up, demand proper funding of elected Circuit Court judge positions, anything else is a violation of important Constitutional principles…..
There is one easy stop gap fix to the problems caused by assigning entire sections of foreclosure cases to senior judges….and it’s the process by which senior judges are used here in Pinellas County….Senior judges are assigned to hear non-contested cases. This is an efficient and practical use of the valuable resource that our senior judges represent. This allows the limited senior judge times to be effectively utilized without implicating the difficult problems associated with assigning the senior judges to full case responsibilities……