Forums set to educate judicial candidates about Canon 7.The Florida Supreme Court and The Florida Bar The Florida Bar is the mandatory state bar association for the state of Florida. It is the third largest such bar association in the United States. Its duties include the regulation and discipline of attorneys. Board of Governors are sponsoring a series of forums around the state to explain to judicial candidates and others the restrictions of Canon 7 of the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct A collection of rules governing the conduct of judges while they serve in their professional capacity.
The Code of Judicial Conduct was formulated by the American Bar Association (ABA) in 1972. . That canon covers candidates' conduct in judicial campaigns.
"Candidates for judicial office should be well aware that they win nothing if they win elections by violating Canon 7," said Chief Justice Charles Wells. "They can and will be disciplined and the discipline can include removal from office."
The forums will be held from July 24 to July 28 in each of the state's 20 circuits. Besides the court and the Bar, the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee and the circuit chief judges are promoting the effort.
The forums will last one hour and cover requirements imposed by Canon 7 and related Rules Regulating The Florida Bar. A videotape of Wells talking about the seriousness with which the court views the canon will be shown and a representative of the Board of Governors will discuss the Bar's role in enforcing the code.
Members of the ethics advisory, committee will provide a summary of Canon 7, provide information resources (1) The data and information assets of an organization, department or unit. See data administration.
(2) Another name for the Information Systems (IS) or Information Technology (IT) department. See IT. and discuss the disciplining of judges who violate the canon.
The forum is open to candidates, their campaign managers, local bar presidents, local political party chairs and the media, as well as the public.
Copies of a booklet explaining Canon 7 can be downloaded for free from the Court Press Page of the Supreme Court's website at www.flcourts.org/ or www.firn.edu/supct/.
Following is a tentative list of forum times and locations for each circuit. If there are no contested judicial races in, a circuit, then that forum will not be held. Candidate qualifying for this year's judicial races ends July 21. All of the meetings are set to run from 3-4 p.m.
* First Circuit, July 24, Courtroom 407, 190 Governmental Center, Pensacola.
* Second Circuit, July 26, Courtroom 2A, Leon County Leon County is the name of several counties in the United States:
* Third Circuit, July 28, Board of County Commissioners, Highway 27, Mayo.
* Fourth Circuit, July 26, Conference Room 220, Duval. County Courthouse, 330 East Bay Street, Jacksonville.
* Fifth Circuit, July 24, Jury Room 4C, Marion County Courthouse Marion County Courthouse or Old Marion County Courthouse may refer to:
* Sixth Circuit, July 24, Judges Conference Room, 14250 49th Street North, Clearwater.
* Seventh Circuit, July 27, Courtroom 5, Building Annex, City Island, 125 E. Orange Avenue, Daytona Beach Daytona Beach (dātō`nə), city (1990 pop. 61,921), Volusia co., NE Fla., on the Atlantic coast and Halifax River (a lagoon); inc. 1876. Center of a rapidly urbanizing area, in a region settled by Spanish Franciscans in the 17th cent. .
* Eighth Circuit, July 25, Grand Jury Room, Alachua County Courthouse, 201 E. University Avenue, Gainesville.
* Ninth Circuit, July 25, Conference Room 21, 425 N. Orange Avenue, Orlando.
* 10th Circuit, July 28, Ninth Floor Conference Room, 225 North Broadway, Bartow.
* 11th Circuit, July 24, Courtroom 42, Dade County Courthouse The Dade County Courthouse is a historic U.S. courthouse in Miami, Florida. It is located at 73 West Flagler Street. Constructed over four years (1925-28), it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 1989. , 73 West Flagler Street, Miami.
* 12th Circuit, July 26, Sarasota Judicial Center, Room 810, 2002 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota.
* 13th Circuit, July 25, Judicial Conference Room, Second Floor, Hillsborough County Hillsborough County is the name of two counties in the United States:
* 14th Circuit, July 27, Jury Assembly Room, Bay County Courthouse, 301 McKenzie, Panama City Panama City, city (1990 pop. 34,378), seat of Bay co., NW Fla., on St. Andrews Bay; inc. 1909. A Gulf Coast resort with amusement parks and excellent fishing, it is also a port of entry. The city's industries produce paper, clothing, and chemicals. .
* 15th Circuit, July 27, Judicial Dining Room, Room 1,2401, 205 North Dixie Highway The Dixie Highway was a United States automobile highway first planned in 1914, to connect the US Midwest with the Southern United States. It was part of the National Auto Trail system, and grew out of an earlier Miami to Montreal highway. , West Palm Beach.
* 16th Circuit, July 27, Grand Jury Room, Fourth Floor, Monroe County Monroe County is the name of seventeen counties in the United States, named after President James Monroe:
* 17th Circuit, July 24, Courtroom 6870, North Wing, Criminal Complex, 201 SE Sixth Street, Ft. Lauderdale.
* 18th Circuit, July 25, Moore Justice Center, Courtroom 3B, 2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera.
* 19th Circuit, July 24, St. Lucie County Courthouse, 218 S. Second Street, Room 217, Ft. Pierce.
* 20th Circuit, July 28, Grand Jury Conference Room, Third Floor, Lee County Justice Center, 1700 Monroe Street, Ft. Myers.