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Constitutional Judiciary

Constitutional Judiciary Committee

The charge of the Constitutional Judiciary Committee is to strengthen the public’s understanding of the role of the judicial branch of government, the Constitution, the rule of law, and the role of judges and juries in the administration of justice.  In 2017, The Florida Bar Board of Governors merged the Judicial Administration and Evaluation Committee with the Constitutional Judiciary Committee. In addition to Benchmarks, the committee now oversees the Confidential Judicial Feedback program, Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statements and the Merit Retention Poll.


CRC and Benchmarks webinar

Every 20 years in Florida the Constitution Revision Commission meets and puts amendments directly on the ballot for voters to consider. This year proposed amendments will be on the Nov. 6 ballot. In this Benchmarks webinar titled “Florida the Constitution Revision Commission – Every 20 Years“, Annette Pitts, executive director of the Florida Law Related Education Association, discusses the work of the CRC so far and reviews how to become informed about its work. After viewing the webinar, members can take the presentation, available at, to their community clubs and civic groups. Course number 1709080N. 1 Hour General credit. Login to report CLE credits online


Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education
This civics education program for adults offers attorneys and judges presentations that they can use when they speak to adult civic and community groups. Increasing public awareness of how the government and courts work is a critical mission for The Florida Bar.

Confidential Judicial Feedback Program
This program provides a confidential means by which attorneys can communicate with appellate or trial court judges concerning perceived specific strengths and weaknesses.

Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statements
During elections, The Florida Bar invites candidates for trial court positions to submit statements, which are then posted on the Bar’s website during election season.

Merit Retention Poll
Since 1978, The Florida Bar has polled in-state members about whether appellate jurists in merit retention elections should be retained in office.

Watch ‘A Respected Judiciary’ seminar
At the 2016 Florida Bar Annual Convention, judges and legal scholars explored various avenues for achieving a balance between judicial independence and accountability. Mary C. McQueen, president of the National Center for State Courts, moderated. (Note: Introductory parts of the seminar are not included in the recording.)

Staff Contact:  Susannah Lyle   Phone: 850-561-5669

Constitutional Judiciary Committee Web page