Florida Supreme Court applicants interviewed listen08/11/08 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Gov. Charlie Crist must appoint two new justices to the Florida Supreme Court within the next few months to replace justices who have announced their retirements.
Today, at the Tampa International Airport, the Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission began interviewing the 50 candidates who have applied for the positions.
Crist made a brief appearance in the middle of the interview of Tallahassee Judge Charles A. Francis. Crist, who is likely to appoint a total of four new members to the seven-person court during the next year, thanked the Nominating Commission for their work and said the process of nominating new justices â€œwill create a lasting impression for decades to come.â€
In order to serve on the Florida Supreme Court, applicants must be lawyers or judges who have been members of the Florida Bar Association for 10 years. Each applicant was given a 25-minute interview.
It is likely that a new chief justice will be selected from one of the new appointments.
The nine-person Nominating Commission is responsible for recommending up to 12 of the 50 applicants to Gov. Crist, who would select two from that list.
The interviews for the two Florida Supreme Court justice openings continue on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Tampa International Airport Marriott Hotel. They begin at 8:30 each morning and are open to the public.
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