The League of Women Voters of Florida and Common Cause were back in court in late October, asking the Florida Supreme Court to block the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) from selecting final candidates for three upcoming court vacancies before Jan. 7, when Governor Rick Scott’s term ends.
Last month, in a similar suit, the Florida Supreme Court ruled for the two citizens groups, saying that Mr. Scott does not have authority to name replacements for three seats, which become vacant on the same day Mr. Scott leaves office. (Three justices are being forced to retire because of age limits.)
Despite that ruling, the JNC, convened earlier by the Governor, is moving to interview candidates and select finalists for the positions in November.
The most recent suit argues that the applications deadline should be extended until at least Jan.8, since there is no real vacancy until then.