Jamaica

Jamaican Gets Overseas Supreme Court Appointment

A Jamaican has been appointed a judge in Florida’s Supreme Court.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Renatha Francis, who is currently a judge for the Florida 15th Circuit Court.

The governor said Ms. Francis is the first person from the Caribbean to be appointed to Florida’s Supreme Court.

Francis received a Bachelor of Science from the University of the West Indies and a Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School of Law. She began her career as a law clerk to judges of the Florida First District Court of Appeal.

Francis was Of Counsel at Shutts & Bowen, before being appointed a Judge of the Miami-Dade County Court in 2017 by Governor of Florida Rick Scott.

She was then elevated to the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in 2018 and was laterally appointed to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in 2019.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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