Appeal court judges are appointed by the Governor to serve a 6 year term. At the end of each term, voters choose to keep the judge or to remove them from office. If the judge is voted out, the Governor appoints a new judge.
The Appeal Court reviews the decisions of lower courts with a three judge panel. If a person is unhappy with a ruling from this court, they can request higher courts to review the decision. These requests are often denied.
The Florida Appeal Courts are divided into five districts. This site focuses on the 5th District, which includes the following counties: Orange, Osceola, Volusia, Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns, Lake, Marion, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, Brevard, and Seminole.
Judicial candidates must be impartial. They are not allowed to run on a platform or declare a party affiliation.
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There is a Judicial Nominating Commission for the each of the Appeal Court districts. The Commission includes 9 members. 5 are directly appointed by the Governor. The other 4 are also appointed by the Governor, but from a list of 3 nominees provided by the Florida Bar. If the Governor doesn’t like the list, he can request a new one until he finds a nominee he likes.