Howard P. Rives said he will not seek re-election to a six-year term as a Pasco-Pinellas circuit judge because he would not be allowed to serve after his 70th birthday.
Rives is 68. If he ran for re-election this year and won, he would be allowed to serve only until he turns 70, on Sept. 20, 1993.
The Florida Constitution says that: "No justice or judge shall serve after attaining the age of 70 years except upon temporary assignment or to complete a term, one-half of which he has served."
Rives, who has been a judge since 1985, said he wanted to make his announcement early so that qualified candidates have time to enter the race.