James Perry

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James Perry
Current Court Information:
Florida Supreme Court
Title:   Justice
Salary:  $158,000
Appointed by:   Gov. Charlie Crist
Active:   2009-2017
Preceded by:   Charles Wells
Past post:   Judge, Florida Eighteenth Circuit Court
Past term:   2000-2009
Personal History
Born:   1944
Undergraduate:   Saint Augustine's College, 1966
Law School:   Columbia Law School, 1972
Military service:   United States Army, 1966-1969

James E.C. Perry is an associate justice of the seven member Florida Supreme Court. He was first nominated to the court in the state's Commission-selection, political appointment method of judicial selection in March of 2009 by Charlie Crist to fill the seat vacated by Charles Wells. Justice Perry was retained for another six-year term on November 2, 2010. His current term expires in 2017.[1]


Perry earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Accounting from Saint Augustine's College in 1966. After serving in the Army, he earned his Juris Doctor from Columbia Law School in 1972.[1]


Awards and associations


  • Humanitarian Award, NAACP, Seminole County
  • Paul C. Perkins Award, NAACP, Orange County Chapter
  • Martin Luther King Drum Major Award, 2005
  • Key to the City, New Bern, North Carolina
  • Williams-Johnson Outstanding Jurist of the Year Award, Brevard and Seminole County Bar Associations, 2006[1]


  • Manager, SanLando Greyhounds, AAU basketball team
  • Founder Jackie Robinson Sports Association
  • President, Jackie Robinson Sports Association
  • Captain, Heart of Florida United Way Campaign
  • General Counsel, Florida Chapter Branches of the NAACP
  • Board of Trustees, Saint Augustine’s College
  • Member, Carter CME Tabernacle Church of Orlando[1]



Florida Supreme Court, Associate Justice
2010 General election results
Candidates Votes Percent
James Perry BallotCheckMark.png 2,741,271 61.7%
Against retention 1,700,729 38.3%
  • Click here for 2010 General Election Results from the Florida Secretary of State.
Main article: Florida judicial elections, 2010

2009 appointment

Gov. Charlie Crist said of the appointment: “I have given much thought to appointing Judge Perry to Florida’s highest court. Our seven Supreme Court justices make precedent-setting decisions on important matters. I am confident Judge Perry will rule with restraint, fairness and humility. He has shown, throughout his personal and professional life, the ability to balance justice with humanity.”[2]

Judicial philosophy

Perry refers to himself as "apolitical" and has refused comment on whether or not he is an "activist" judge. “In my analysis of the law, it seems those who call people activists are those who don’t rule for them," Perry told reporters. "In this field somebody has to lose. We have to make decisions. That is another term that has been over utilized. It’s a political term.”[3][1]

Political outlook

See also: Political outlook of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Perry received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 0.5, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is less conservative than the average CF score of 0.51 that justices received in Florida. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[4]

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