Benchmarks: Raising the Bar on Civics Education
The Vote’s In Your Court
Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project
Why do fair & impartial courts matter?
The Role of Judges
Constitutional Judiciary Committee
Test Your Civic Knowledge
Developed by the Constitutional Judiciary Committee, Benchmarks is a series of civic education presentations that attorneys can use then they speak tot a civic and community groups. Presentations cover:
- Amending the Florida Constitution and the role of the courts.
- Judging candidates for judicial office.
- Understanding what makes a law “constitutional.”
- Interpreting what laws mean.
- Testing your knowledge of what’s in the U.S. and Florida constitutions.
Each activity comes with an overview, handouts and is guided by a PowerPoint. All materials are available on The Florida Bar website.
Attorneys can receive CLE credit for making Benchmarks presentations. Benchmarks presenters can earn one ethics credit hour for each presentation for up to three presentations in a three-year reporting period. Form to apply for credit.
Find resources about merit retention elections, the Guide for Florida Voters, and review the Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statements.
The Florida Bar partners with the Informed Voters-Fair Judges Project of the National Association of Women Judges. The goal of the partnership is to increase the knowledge of citizens regarding the importance of a fair and impartial judiciary. Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente is co-chair of the National Association of Women Judges, Judicial Independence Committee.