Gov. Ron DeSantis is expected to tout a “bold vision for a brighter future” at his inauguration. What he is unlikely to mention is that due to the outsized political influence on the nominating process he will be remaking the Florida Supreme Court with no African American representation for the first time in decades. [Read more…] about Ron DeSantis poised to remake Supreme Court with no African American representation for first time in decades
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Florida Senate President Bill Galvano (R-Bradenton) released the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court opinion to uphold the trial court’s rejection of claims made against the state in the case of Citizens for Strong Schools et al v. Florida State Board of Education et al. [Read more…] about Statement by President Galvano Regarding Florida Supreme Court Opinion in Citizens for Strong Schools
Democratic Nominee for Attorney General Sean Shaw released the following statement regarding the Florida Supreme Court’s rebuke of Governor Scott’s attempt to pack the Court with three Justices to fill vacancies on his way out the door: [Read more…] about Democratic Nominee for Attorney General Sean Shaw Statement on Florida Supreme Court Decision
Statement from John Mills, Attorney for League of Women Voters and Common Cause Florida
“The Court has now made clear what our clients have been saying all along – the winner of November’s gubernatorial election will appoint three justices to the Florida Supreme Court. Governor Scott will not, and he has no part to play in these appointments.
“So the people will have a very important say in this matter, especially because both candidates have staked out very different positions on the kinds of people they are looking to appoint to the court. Andrew Gillum has said he will “appoint diverse, qualified judges who represent the breadth and depth of people in this state.” Ron DeSantis has said he will “appoint constitutional conservatives” who will be very different from the retiring justices, who he characterizes as “liberal” and accuses of “legislating from the bench for the past 20 years.” Voters now have the opportunity to factor these positions into their choice for governor.
“While the issue of when the JNC may make its nominations is yet to be resolved, one thing is clear now – there is no reason for the JNC to rush through the nominating process as it has been doing. It is now clear that the artificial deadline of applications a month before the election created an unfair chilling effect on many potential applicants, especially those in private practice.
“When a person considers whether to engage in the onerous and intrusive process of applying for a position on the Supreme Court, that person certainly assesses his or her chances of being appointed. Those chances change according to who will be making the appointments. Until today, it is likely that most people considering whether to apply believed Governor Scott when he repeatedly claimed he would be making the appointments. This created a tremendous disincentive for applicants who knew there was little chance they would be appointed by Governor Scott.
“This chilling effect was especially felt on lawyers in private practice. Not only are they required to disclose their personal financial and health information, but by simply applying, they send a signal to their employers that they are looking for a new job and, worse, a signal to existing and potential clients that they may be leaving the practice in a few months.
“We are very hopeful the JNC will do the only fair thing here, which is to halt the process until the Supreme Court issues its final order and then reopen the application deadline.”
New material has been posted to the Supreme Court website in:
- JQC re: Judge Stephen Millan (order rejecting Miami-Dade Judge Millan’s stipulation and returning the case to the JQC for further proceedings)
- JQC re: Judge Maria Ortiz (order rejecting Miami-Dade Judge Ortiz’ stipulation and returning the case to the JQC for further proceedings)
Follow the links at: floridasupremecourt.org.
Filings for the Florida Supreme Court
June 7, 2018
Filings for the Florida Supreme Court
May 24, 2018
SC17-583 – In Re: Standard Criminal Jury Instructions in Capital Cases
SC17-1514 – The Florida Bar v. Anthony Wayne Blackburn
SC17-1863 – Paul Glen Everett v. State of Florida
SC17-1870 – In Re: Standard Jury Instructions in Criminal Cases – Report 2017-08
SC17-1987 – William Earl Sweet v. State of Florida
SC17-2281 – Preston Leonard Schofield v. State of Florida