Three justices on Florida’s state Supreme Court are set to leave in early January because they will be passing the age limit to hold a seat. Governor-elect Ron DeSantis will be responsible for selecting their replacements once he is inaugurated in January, reported NBC Miami.
DeSantis has been presented with a list of 11 finalists to consider for Florida’s Supreme Court. Nine of the 11 finalists are presently appeals court or circuit court judges for Florida.
Carlos Muniz, the general counsel for the U.S. Department of Education, is reportedly one of the finalists on the list. Muniz has previously served as one of former Governor Jeb Bush’s top aide as well as chief of staff for Attorney General Pam Bondi.
DeSantis said in a statement that all of the finalists are “highly qualified,” and that he will be seeking advice from Governor Rick Scott about who he will be selected in January.