Benchmark activities in this category include explorations of the way labels are used to explain judicial decisions; how judges approach making their rulings and the factors they must consider; how judges are elected in Florida and how Florida’s merit selection/retention process works.
Handout 1: Most Important Qualities/Characteristics of Judges (to be filled in by participants)
Handout 2: Chart showing of Florida’s court system
Handout 3: Considerations in Electing Trial Judges
PowerPoint: How to Judge Judicial Candidates
In this activity, participants analyze the role of appellate judges and evaluate the conditions under which they should be retained or removed from the bench. The activity includes two handouts and is guided by a PowerPoint. Estimated time to present is 30 to 40 minutes. Below are the links to an overview of the activity and all accompanying materials, including a tip sheet on making a Benchmarks presentation. The overview will guide you in the timing and delivery of the activity.
This activity explores the role and significance of juries in the American legal system. It is includes a PowerPoint to guide the presentation, three handouts and a backgrounder for the presenter. Please review Tips for Making a Good Presentation.
This activity examines the different levels, functions and powers of state and federal courts. Three handouts are included and a PowerPoint. Estimated time to present: 30 minutes. Below are the links to an overview of the activity, which will guide your presentation, and all accompanying materials including a tips sheet on making a Benchmarks presentation.