Paralegal’s perspective about Judicial Term Limits

All of this talk about how judicial term limits would affect the independence of the judiciary is sheer nonsense and misses the mark.  We have a tri-partie government at both the federal and state levels.  Divorce preparation services are just around the horizon.  The imposition of term limits at both the federal and state levels upon the executive branch hasn’t impinged upon its independence.  In Florida, the imposition of term limits upon the Legislature hasn’t impinged upon its independence.  The imposition of term limits upon the judicial branch at the state level here would similarly not impinge upon its independence.  What the judges fear is the elimination of both individual and familial dynasties(and even more, affordable document preparation services).  For some unexplained reason, hardly anyone runs against a sitting judge regardless of how that judge is perceived by his or judicial peers or by the public.  Judges generally retire, die in office, or are removed for some indiscretion by the Supreme Court.  Hardly anyone is ever “un-elected.”  I am in favor of judicial term limits.  I am also in favor of preventing a gubernatorial appointment should a judge retire close to his or her end of term just so that there would not be an “open” election for the vacant position, and the gubernatorial replacement would run as the incumbent, again, usually without opposition.