The Florida Supreme Court has declined an emergency request to block some nominees to the Fifth District Court of Appeal and the newly created Sixth DCA despite the petitioners’ claim that the candidates failed to meet residency requirements.

In the December 15 ruling, justices acknowledged the candidates failed to meet residency requirements when their names were forwarded to Gov. Ron DeSantis in October, but they disagree that the nominations violate the Florida Constitution.

“Consistent with our ruling in Thompson, we hold that the constitutional residency requirement for judges attaches at the time of appointment – not at the time of nomination,” the justices wrote.