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The Florida Judicial Nominating Commission is charged with the responsibility of providing the Governor of Florida with lists of aspiring jurists for appointments as judges to the Florida Supreme Court and the five district courts of appeal. There are similar commissions serving each judicial circuit for circuit and county courts. Article V of the Florida Constitution requires the commission to fulfill this role. Each JNC is composed of nine persons appointed by the Governor. Four are lawyers appointed from lists of nominees who are submitted by The Florida Bar. Two of the remaining five must be lawyers, as well. Each JNC member must be a resident of the jurisdiction in which the the commission serves. Members of the JNC serve four year terms and may not be members of the judiciary.
Melvin B. Wright of Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter was nominated recently as one of three attorneys up for selection and appointment by the Governor to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Ninth Judicial Circuit which consists of the courts in Orange and Osceola Counties. The Governor will make his choice to fill the one vacancy on the JNC from three nominees, one of which was Mr. Wright who has been practicing law in Central Florida since 1986.