Tallahassee, Florida- September 5, 2012
They make critically important decisions, affecting Floridians and the state's judicial system. Now, chief judges in the courts of appeal and judicial circuits may soon face term limits.The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments today about revising the rules for those chief judges.
As the administrator for the courts, the Supreme Court has the power to change those rules. This process started in October, 2009 when the Supreme Court approved the current long range plan for Florid'a judicial branch. Now the court is looking at some revisions.
Under the revised rules proposed, a majority of the active judges will chose a chief judge for a 2 year term beginning on July 1st of each odd numbered year and then serve a term of two years.
The revised rules proposal states the chief judge may serve successive terms, but the total term can't exceed 8 years.
After hearing arguments today, the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to adopt this proposal.
It's unclear when that decision might be made, but we're told typically it takes months.