Four former appellate judges voice strong opposition in a Daily Business review op-ed to a proposed constitutional amendment for imposing judicial term limits upon Florida judges.
“The proposal would force experienced judges out of office even though they are doing a good job, produce a harmful revolving door in the judiciary and make it extremely difficult to recruit judges,” they write. “No other state in the country does this, and Florida should not adopt this detrimental proposal.” They also say it would effectively rob voters of their right to choose judges.
The authors are Gerald B. Cope Jr., who served on the Third District Court of Appeal; Joseph W. Hatchett, who served on the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; James E. Joanos, who served on the First District Court of Appeal; and William Van Nortwick, who served on the First District Court of Appeal.
Under the proposal, state Supreme Court justices and judges of district courts of appeal would be barred from seeking retention to a new term after they have served two full consecutive terms. See Gavel Grab for background. The Daily Business Review article is available by Google searching, and is titled, “4 Ex-Judges Oppose Term Limits for Florida Appellate Bench.”