The Florida Bar

Judicial Elections 2020

Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statements

The Vote's in Your CourtBegun in 2010, the Judicial Candidate Voluntary Self-Disclosure Statement program aims to assist the public in making educated decisions when voting for judicial candidates. Through the program, judicial candidates are able to provide information directly to voters. This year, judicial candidates for county or circuit seats were invited to submit 10-page statements with information about their backgrounds as well as personal statements. Candidates attest to the accuracy of the information on the forms. Disclosures should not be viewed as endorsements by The Florida Bar. Read more about what judges do in The Florida Bar Guide for Florida Voters. Request printed copies via email.

About County Courts

Jurisdiction

Florida’s Constitution establishes a county court in each of the state’s 67 counties. Population and caseload determine the number of judges per county. County judges must be an elector of the county and must have been a member of The Florida Bar for five years; in counties with a population of 40,000 or fewer, a person must only be a member of The Florida Bar. County Court candidates run in nonpartisan, contested elections for six-year terms. County Courts have jurisdiction over civil disputes involving $30,000 or less. Most nonjury trials in Florida take place before a County Court judge and involve citizen disputes such as traffic offenses, less serious criminal matters and small monetary disputes.

2020 Elections

Seventeen County Court elections are being held in 12 counties. Those races drew 41 candidates. In many County Court races, incumbents drew no opposition. Twenty-one County Court candidates posted statements.

About Circuit Courts

Map showing Florida's 20 judicial districts by county

Jurisdiction

Florida has 20 judicial circuits. Within each circuit, the number of judges is determined by population and caseload. Circuit judges must be an elector of a county within the circuit and must have been admitted to The Florida Bar for the preceding five years. Circuit Court judges serve six-year terms and are elected by voters of the circuits in nonpartisan, contested elections. Circuit Courts have original jurisdiction over civil disputes involving more than $30,000; controversies involving the estates; cases relating to juveniles; felony criminal prosecutions; tax disputes; real estate disputes and other matters.

2020 Elections

Thirty-four Circuit Court races drew 75 candidates. Many races statewide were not contested. Forty-four candidates submitted statements.