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Florida Supreme Court

Supreme Court justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara J. Pariente and Peggy A. Quince face retention elections on next week's ballot.


© St. Petersburg Times, published November 1, 2000

Three of Florida's seven Supreme Court justices will appear on statewide ballots Tuesday to see if voters favor retaining them in office.

People can vote for or against rentention in a non-partisan race in which the justices face no opposition.

In a recent poll of attorneys by the Florida Bar, all three judges were overwhelmingly favored for re-appointment.

The justices up for a merit-retention vote are:

R. Fred Lewis, 52, a former private attorney from Miami, was appointed by late Gov. Lawton Chiles to the high court in 1998. A native of Beckley, W.Va., he is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Law.

Barbara J. Pariente, 51, a former West Palm Beach personal injury attorney who was appointed to the 4th District Court of Appeal in 1993, was appointed to the high court by Chiles in 1997. A native of New York City, she graduated fifth in her class at the George Washington University Law School.

Peggy A. Quince, 52, a former Tampa-based judge for the 2nd District Court of Appeal, was appointed to the high court by Chiles in 1998, becoming the first black female justice in the court's history. A native of Norfolk, Va., she graduated from Stetson University College of Law.


Supreme Court justices sit on Florida's highest court and rule on appeals from lower courts, death penalty cases, the validity of state statutes or constitutional provisions and other matters. Justices are appointed by the governor for six-year terms. Each justice earns $150,000 annually.

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