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The Florida Bar encourages you to learn more about judicial merit retention with our educational program The Vote’s in YOUR COURT.

Under judicial merit retention, justices and appeals court judges appear on the ballot in staggered six-year terms. Judges and justices 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. In elections, 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.

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    First DCA: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette,
    Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Nassau, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Wakulla, Walton and Washington counties.

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      Second DCA: Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Hillsborough, Lee, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota counties.

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      Third DCA: Dade and Monroe counties.

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        Fourth DCA: Broward, Indian River, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Martin counties.

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        [Revised: 10-31-2013]