FL CRC Amendment 6 – Rights of Crime Victims; Judges

Vastly expands the scope of victims rights under the state Constitution; increases the mandatory retirement age for judges from 70 to 75; forces courts and judges to interpret laws and rules for themselves rather than rely on interpretations by government agencies.

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A YES vote would...

  • Enshrine in the state Constitution an array of victims rights, many of which are currently in state law.
  • Place new time limits on filing appeals.
  • Require that victims receive some type of written notification of their rights.
  • Eliminate an existing constitutional provision that ensures victims’ rights don’t infringe on the rights of accused criminals.
  • Raise the mandatory retirement age for Supreme Court justices and judges from 70 to 75.
  • Prohibit courts and judges from deferring to an administrative agency’s interpretation of state laws or rules when deciding cases.

A NO vote would...

  • Retain existing victims rights in the Constitution and in state law.
  • Keep the mandatory retirement ages for justices and judges at 70.
  • Continue allowing courts and judges to rely on state agencies’ interpretation of state laws and rules when deciding cases.

Supporters

  • 37 Florida sheriffs
  • Florida Smart Justice

Opponents

  • Florida Public Defender Association
  • ACLU of Florida
  • League of Women Voters of Florida
  • Florida Education Association

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