Judicial Nominating Commission to interview all applicants for Florida Supreme Court vacancy
In a conference-call meeting that took less than 4 minutes, the Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission voted unanimously Monday morning to interview all 11 applicants for the upcoming vacancy on the state's top bench.
Thirty-minute interviews for each applicant are planned for Nov. 28.
The nominating commission has until Dec. 13 to present a short list of no more than six candidates to Republican Gov. Rick Scott, who will ultimately appoint the replacement for retiring Justice James E.C. Perry. Perry's term ends Jan. 3; he is retiring as required by law because he turned 70 years old.
Nominating commission chairman Jason Unger, an attorney and managing shareholder with GrayRobinson in Tallahassee, said the 11 candidates who applied for Perry's vacancy are an increase from the previous vacancy. The last vacancy had eight applicants, he said.
Perry's retirement is the first opportunity Scott has had to name a new justice.