Florida County Court
The County Courts handle such matters as misdemeanors, small claims (under $500 disputed), civil cases (under $15,000 disputed), and traffic violations. Jurisdiction is established by statute.
The number of judges per county varies by the population and caseload of the county. They serve for six year terms, and are selected via the non-partisan election method. Midterm vacancies may be filled via gubernatorial appointment.
Qualifications to be a County Court judge include:
- A person must be an elector of the county
- Must have been a member of The Florida Bar for five years
- In counties with a population of 40,000 or less, a person must only be a member of the Florida Bar