The Florida Bar Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statement
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. Through the Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statement, The Florida Bar provides judicial candidates, both sitting judges and others, with the opportunity to provide information about themselves and their backgrounds to the public in preparation and anticipation of an election. The self-disclosure statement is intended to give all candidates 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 content 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. The self-disclosure statement is intended to give all candidates the opportunity to share information about their history, credentials, and other relevant information, with the voting public.
Candidates’ statements are governed by Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct . 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 and require that each candidate execute a statement that the candidate has read and understands the obligations of the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct. Candidates who violate Canon 7 are subject to discipline.