From Florida Supreme Court Press Release
Justice James E.C. Perry Announces His Retirement from the Florida Supreme Court
Justice James E.C. Perry has notified Gov. Rick Scott that he will retire from the Florida Supreme Court on Dec. 30, 2016.
“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.
Gov. Jeb Bush appointed Perry a trial judge in the state’s 18th judicial circuit, which includes Seminole and Brevard counties, in March 2000. Gov. Charlie Crist appointed Perry to the state’s high court in March 2009.
Florida’s 85th justice, Perry is the fourth African-American to serve on the Florida Supreme Court. He grew up in the segregated South and decided to become a lawyer the night the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968.
Perry, now 72, had never even met a lawyer. But that evening he knew he wanted “to be an instrument of change, to make a difference.”
And for more info:
- Justice Perry: www.floridasupremecourt.org/justices/perry.shtml
- Mandatory retirement: www.floridasupremecourt.org/justices/merit.shtml#Mandatory
Contact: Craig Waters (850) 414-7641 at the Florida Supreme Court Press Office