Florida Supreme Court Denies Gov. Scott’s Attempts to Make Judicial
Nominations While Leaving Office
Governor Rick Scott will not be permitted to fill three open seats on the
Florida Supreme Court on his last day in office, making the race for Florida
Governor and even more critical in the battle for ideological dominance
on the state’s highest court. After Scott’s September order
that the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission begin evaluating
candidates and select nominees in November, the Florida Supreme Court
determined that doing so was outside Scott’s authority, especially
since he would no longer be in office by the issued deadline.
The terms of the justices who must be replaced are set to expire on midnight,
January 7, 2019, at the exact moment that Rick Scott must leave office
and transfer authority to his successor. The three justices who must be
replaced are all thought to be the more moderate judges, making the race
for Florida governor even more critical for political groups and voters.
What Does This Action Mean for Floridians?
This ruling by the Florida Supreme Court is critical for Floridians. It
signifies the bedrock of our democracy and interest in keeping the courthouse
doors open where people access the court and can seek redress through
jury trials, or as Thomas Jefferson said “justice by the people.”
Florida voters’ choice for Governor will have a direct impact on
the level of constitutionality we will see coming from the bench in the
state’s highest court and the protections afforded to citizens who
wish to counteract unconstitutional actions and big business within the
Florida legal system.
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