Florida Supreme Court Justices Sued Over Qualifying Papers and Procedure

On June 25th two private citizens represented by the Southeastern Legal Foundation filed suit against the three Florida Supreme Court Justices runing for retention election this year. The Justices are required to face the retention election in order to remain in office and were required to file their qualifying paperwork before a noon April 20  deadline set by law. The suit alleges that the Justices used state employees in the rush to complete their paperwork in violation of Fla. Stat. 106.15 (3) , and further alleges that the paperwork filed was incomplete and contained false statements. The suit ultimately seeks an order holding that the Justices are not qualified to be on the November ballot, which would result in their terms ending on January 1 2013.

Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

About Thomas D. Shults, Esq.

Tom Shults is a Florida Bar Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. He has represented clients in election and sunshine law issues, complex business and commercial disputes and probate and trust suits. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1983 and has maintained an active trial practice in state and federal courts for over 35 years. Mr. Shults successfully represented the Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections in Sarasota Alliance for Fair Elections et al. v. Browning et al. , where the Florida Supreme Court ruled on the constitutionality of Sarasota County’s charter election law amendments. Mr. Shults has served on the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar and is the past Chairman of the Code and Rules of Evidence Committee of The Florida Bar. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award of the Sarasota County Bar Association for his work with the Sarasota Mental Health Community Centers. In 2013 he was nominated for circuit court judge by the 12th Circuit Judicial Nominating Committee. Mr. Shults has served on the faculty of the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques at Emory University School of Law and on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Program for Practicing Lawyers at Nova Southeastern University School of Law. Mr. Shults grew up in St. Petersburg, Florida and is a graduate of St. Petersburg High School (1973), Florida State University (B.S. 1977) and Washburn University School of Law (J.D. cum laude 1982). He is veteran of the United States Army.
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