Florida Supreme Court By The Numbers:


Former prosecutor

Former civil rights lawyer

Both a former prosecutor & public defender

  • 7 total seats
  • 0 current vacancies
  • 3 prosecutors
  • 1 public defender
  • 1 Justice is both a former prosecutor & public defender
  • 0 Justices have other indigent defense experience
  • 1 civil rights lawyer

How Members of the Florida Supreme Court are Selected:

Appointment, Retention Election

The governor appoints a judge from a shortlist of three to six candidates provided by a judicial nominating commission. The governor also appoints the nine members of the commission to four-year terms. Appointed judges serve a term of one year and then must stand for a yes-no retention election during the next general election. After retention, a judge’s term is six years. Judges must retire at age 75, though a judge turning 75 with less than half of their term remaining may complete that term.

Selection method sources:

Ballotpedia, Judicial Election Methods By State; Brennan Center for Justice, Judicial Selection: An Interactive Map