The Florida Bar is calling on Florida Gov. Rick Scott to help bring more racial and ethnic diversity to the state’s judicial benches. Today, a Bar task force released specific recommendations for doing so after surveying lawyers, judges and judicial nominators.
State law says the Florida governor must ensure judicial nominating committees reflect the diversity of residents—but the Bar Task Force report says there’s a long way to go.
Above all, it says, the state should appoint a diversity officer to work with the governor’s office and judicial nominating commissions.