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The Vote's in Your Court
this Vote’s in Your Court page is a resource for voters regarding judges and judicial elections. It has the Guide for Florida Voters, an easy-to-read, nonpartisan brochure about the courts, the role of judges and the merit retention process. It includes biographies of the jurists in merit retention elections in November and will publish results of The Florida Bar’s merit retention poll of instate members in September. It also links to statements submitted by trial court judicial candidates, and includes additional voter resources as well. For copies of the Guide for Florida Voters, email [email protected].

 


On This Page

Merit retention poll
Voter Guide
Voter Resources
Judicial Biographies
Court Decisions

Important Election Dates for 2018

  • Noon, May 4: Qualifying deadline for judicial candidates
  • July 30: Voter registration deadline for primary election
  • Aug. 28: Primary election
  • Oct. 9: Voter registration deadline for general election
  • Nov. 6: General election

 


Florida Bar merit retention poll

The statewide merit retention judicial poll for Florida Supreme Court justices and District Courts of Appeal judges is conducted every two years by The Florida Bar. In-state members are asked to rate judges and justices who are up for retention and of whom they have direct knowledge. The merit retention poll is supervised by the Constitutional Judiciary Committee of The Florida Bar.

The 2018 merit retention poll is scheduled to be mailed to in-state Florida Bar members on Aug. 13, 2018, and the results will be released Sept. 11:

Merit retention poll results from 1978-2016


Voter Guide

2018 Voter GuideFlorida law requires Florida Supreme Court justices and appeals court judges to be placed on the ballot in nonpartisan elections every six years, so voters can determine whether the judges or justices should remain on their courts for another six-year term.These are called ‘merit retention’ elections. In 2018, one Supreme Court justice and 17 of the state’s appeals court judges will appear on the ballot.
The 2018 Guide for Florida Voters answers questions such as:

  • What is the difference between a county and circuit court judge and an appellate judge?
  • Why is it important to vote in judicial elections and merit retention elections?
  • What exactly does a judge do?

Download the 2018 Guide for Florida Voters here.

Download the  Spanish 2018 Guide for Florida Voters here.


Voter Resources

 


MERIT RETENTION BIOGRAPHIES

Learn more about the 17 appeals court judges and one Supreme Court justice facing a merit retention vote in the general election. Each biography also provides a link to the official website of the judge/justice.

SUPREME COURT

JUSTICE ALAN LAWSON

FIRST DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

JUDGE HARVEY L. JAY III

JUDGE STEPHANIE W. RAY

JUDGE BRADFORD L. “BRAD” THOMAS

JUDGE KEMMERLY THOMAS

JUDGE ALLEN WINSOR

SECOND DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

JUDGE ANTHONY K. BLACK

JUDGE DARRYL C. CASANUEVA

JUDGE EDWARD C. LAROSE

JUDGE SUSAN H. ROTHSTEIN-YOUAKIM

THIRD DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

JUDGE KEVIN EMAS

JUDGE IVAN F. FERNANDEZ

JUDGE NORMA S. LINDSEY

JUDGE ROBERT J. LUCK

FOURTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

JUDGE BURTON C. CONNER

JUDGE JEFFREY T. KUNTZ

JUDGE CAROLE Y. TAYLOR

FIFTH DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL

JUDGE ERIC J. EISNAUGLE


Florida Supreme Court and Appellate Courts decisions

Learn more about the opinions handed down by the Florida Supreme Court and the state’s five appellate courts: