Subject: Dangerously close to law
Florida’s judicial system was once a model for the nation. Unfortunately, that’s no longer the case.
That’s why Progress Florida, on behalf of the Florida Access to Justice Project, has officially submitted a series of proposed revisions to Florida’s Constitution. These suggested revisions deal with the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) process and are designed to help ensure a diverse state judiciary free from political and special interest influence.
Join me and email the CRC and encourage them to support our proposal to ensure a diverse state judiciary that is free from political and special interest influence: http://act.progressflorida.org/letter/courts-crc?source=taf
When JNCs were established in the 1970s they were supposed to act independently as a check on executive power but that has changed in recent years. But changes made to the JNCs under Jeb Bush politicized the process as candidates were increasingly subjected to a political litmus test. Gov. Rick Scott has rejected approximately 90 Florida Bar recommendations for JNCs, pushing them even closer to being a political arm of the Governor’s Office.
What’s more, Florida’s population is 22 percent Hispanic and 16 percent African-American. Yet among the state's judiciary, fewer than nine percent of judges are Hispanic, and fewer than seven percent are African-American. This proposed amendment will address this issue by ensuring that the race and gender composition of Florida’s courts more accurately reflects the communities they serve.
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