Voting for Judges Isn't Easy
Voters often struggle to make an informed decision on judges and justices. Judicial candidates are not allowed to run on a platform or declare a party affiliation. The role itself is independent of politics. Whatever their personal views are, they are meant to put them aside to uphold the law.
The goal of Voting for Justice is to be an impartial, centralized resource on judicial candidates for Central Florida voters. This guide is maintained by an average voter, not a justice system professional. I hope it is helpful now, but plan to look for ways to improve it over time. If you would like to support this guide, I accept small donations, which go toward annual fees to maintain the site.
County and circuit courts are considered trial courts, where cases are first heard. These elections have competitive races. Information compiled will often include bios, news articles, and video/written interviews.
merit retention races
The Court of Appeals and Supreme Court are considered appellate courts, where trial court verdicts are disputed. In these elections, voters do not choose between candidates. Instead, they choose whether to keep or remove the judge, called a merit retention race. Information collected on these candidates will include news and interviews, but will also explain court rulings.