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2022 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. Judicial candidates for county or circuit seats are 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.

County Courts

Twenty-two county court races were decided in the Aug. 23 primary, leaving nine county court contests to be decided in the November general election. Seventy-five county judge seats were uncontested.

Circuit Courts

Seventeen circuit court races were decided in the Aug. 23 primary, leaving three circuit court races on November’s general election ballot. One-hundred-fifty circuit judge seats were uncontested.

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.

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.