The Florida Bar

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. The committee oversees Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education; the Bar’s Merit Retention poll; Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statements; and the Confidential Judicial Feedback program.


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.

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.

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

Constitutional Judiciary Committee Meeting Materials