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The Florida Bar supports maintaining a high quality judiciary and is committed to educating the public on the legal system. Therefore, the Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee developed The Florida Bar Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statement. It provides judicial candidates, both sitting judges and others, the opportunity to share information about their history, credentials and other relevant information with the voting public.

The Florida Bar does not attest to the accuracy of the voluntary self-disclosure statements, although each candidate must check the box on the last page certifying that the information given is complete, true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief. Nor should the disclosures be viewed as endorsements by The Florida Bar.

Candidates’ statements are governed by Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct External Link opens in a new window. The code bars judicial candidates from making statements that appear to commit them on legal issues likely to come before them in court. The Canons also specify that a candidate may not knowingly make misleading or untruthful statements. Candidates who violate Canon 7 are subject to discipline.

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The Vote's in Your Court 2014

The Vote's in Your Court - Judicial merit retention. Know the Facts

For more information about District Court of Appeals judges in merit retention elections this fall, please visit

Guide for Florida Voters 2014 merit retention ballot2014 Guide for Florida Voters
"The Guide for Florida Voters: Questions and Answers about Florida Judges, Judicial Elections and Merit Retention" has answers to questions such as:
  • What is the difference between a county and circuit court judge and an appellate judge?
  • Why is it important to vote in judicial elections and merit retention elections?
  • What exactly does a judge do?
The guide also has a separate section with frequently asked questions about merit retention elections.

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[Revised: 08-07-2014]