Florida's Top Court Wants Redistricting Questions on Paper

If you have a comment for members of the state Supreme Court on redistricting, mail it in.

Don’t call.

“The Code of Judicial Conduct governing behavior by judges forbids the justices of the Florida Supreme Court to discuss pending cases with the public,” the court posted on its website.

The court is only allowed to consider arguments made in court and in documents filed by those involved in the case.

“In this case, comments are only considered properly filed when the original and the required paper and electronic copies of each document are submitted to the clerk's office in accordance with the procedures established in the scheduling order(s),” the notice added.

State legislators are expected to complete the once-a-decade redrawing of legislative and congressional districts within two months, at which time the court will approve the changes -- including Fair Districts requirements -- by June, when the official qualifying period for the 2012 election gets underway for the legislative and congressional offices.

The justices aren’t the only ones to review the maps that are expected to follow the voter-approved Fair Districts Amendments. Both Attorney General Pam Bondi’s office and the federal Department of Justice will check out the demographics of the new lines.

The court’s address: Clerk's Office, 500 S. Duval St., Tallahassee, FL 32399.

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