Florida Supreme Court decides if Judges and Lawyers can be “Friends.”

Here is a LINK to an article about the Florida Supreme Court case that will decide – What does it mean to be a Facebook friend?

The question is whether a Miami-Dade County circuit judge should be disqualified from a case because she is a Facebook friend with a lawyer for one of the parties.


Judicial Campaign Seminars

Canon 5F(7) provides:

. . . . Persons who seek to have their name placed on the ballot as candidates for such judicial offices and the judicial candidates’ election committee chairpersons, or the chairperson’s designee, shall no later than 20 days after the qualifying date for candidates in the year in which they seek to run complete a two-hour course on campaign practices, finance, and ethics sponsored and approved by the Committee. Within ten days of completing the course, candidates shall certify to Committee that they have completed the course and understand fully the requirements of Mississippi law and the Code of Judicial Conduct concerning campaign practices for judicial office. Candidates without opposition are exempt from attending the course.

The Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention has set the Seminar for two dates:

Friday, May 18th at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, May 25th at 2:00 p.m.

The seminar will be held in the Supreme Court courtroom in the Gartin Justice Building.


Judicial Candidate Qualifying

A candidate must file a “Statement of Intent” to be a candidate for judicial office.  The deadline is 5:00 PM on the first Friday after the first Monday in May (May 11, 2018) prior to the general election.  Miss. Code Ann. §23-15-977.

A candidate must also file an “Affidavit of Judicial Candidate.”  In this affidavit, the candidate must agree abide by all laws for election for judicial office.  Miss. Code Ann. §23-15-977.1.

These documents and the required fee are filed with the State Board of Election Commissioners, at the Secretary of State’s office.