Published: Feb 02, 2011 6:35 PM EST
Updated: Feb 02, 2011 4:18 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida's chief justice should serve a four-year term instead of the present two years and be selected based on administrative and leadership skills rather than seniority.

That was one of several recommendations the Supreme Court received from a study group looking at ways to strengthen the court system's governance and present a more unified message when lobbying lawmakers.

 The panel, chaired by Justice Ricky Polston, concluded two years isn't long enough to master the complexities and demands of the job.

The group also said such a short term makes it difficult to develop relationships with lawmakers and executive branch officials.

By tradition the most senior justice who hasn't been chief before gets the job.

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