Scott to appoint first Supreme Court justice, with Perry’s announced retirement

Justice James Perry

Justice James Perry

Gov. Rick Scott will get to pick his first justice for the seven-member Florida Supreme Court, with Justice James Perry announcing Monday that he will retire at the end of this year.

Justices face a mandatory age 70 retirement age, but based on the timing of their birthdays, are allowed to serve out a term. Perry is 72 and had been a Central Florida circuit judge when appointed to the high court by then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist in 2009.

“After over sixteen years of proudly serving the citizens of the State of Florida, first as a circuit judge and currently as a Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, I am constitutionally mandated to retire by the end of my current term,’’ Perry wrote Scott in a letter delivered to the governor’s office Friday afternoon.

Perry is the fourth black justice to serve on the Florida Supreme Court.

 

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