FLORIDA BAR POLL SHOWS OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR SUPREME COURT JUSTICES
The Bar sent out 68,243 ballots to in-state members in good standing and 7,857 lawyers participated. Only responses by lawyers indicating considerable or limited knowledge of the judges were included in the poll results.
Poll results this year show the three Supreme Court justices gaining an average approval rating of 90 percent. The 15 appellate judges on the ballot also received very positive marks, with approval ranging from 76 to 94 percent.
For the Supreme Court, poll results indicate support for retention of:
- R. Fred Lewis by 92 percent.
- Barbara J. Pariente by 89 percent.
- Peggy A. Quince by 90 percent.
Also from the Florida Bar: The Florida Bar encourages you to learn more about judicial merit retention with our educational programThe Vote’s in YOUR COURT. This coming November, you will be asked to vote whether to retain the justices and appeals court judges listed on the ballot. This is called judicial merit retention.
Under judicial merit retention, justices and appeals court judges appear on the ballot in staggered six-year terms. This year’s election provides voters the opportunity to review three Supreme Court justices and 15 appeals court judges. They all reached their positions originally after being carefully screened by Judicial Nominating Committees and appointed by Florida governors in a process known as judicial merit selection.
Research suggests many Florida voters are unclear of what judicial merit retention means. Often, they skip this section of the ballot. Informing you about merit retention and making available information that could help you in making informed decisions is the goal of The Vote’s in YOUR COURT.
The Florida Bar encourages you through this program to learn about the justices and judges up for merit retention votes so that when Election Day arrives, you will feel confident of your decisions. The vote is in your court.
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