(CMR) A Palm Beach County circuit judge, originally from Jamaica, is one of two residents from minority communities appointed to the Supreme Court on Tuesday (May 26).
Renatha Francis has now become the first Jamaican ever to be appointed to the Florida Supreme Court.
Speaking about the appointments at the news conference, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis noted that Judge Francis’ experience on the bench makes her well equipped to be a great justice.
Francis and the other appointee Cuban-born John Couriel are to replace outgoing Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck.
Born and raised in Jamaica, Francis grew up in Portmore and attended St Hugh’s High School.
Francis graduated from the University of the West Indies in 2001 and then went on to study law at the Florida Coastal School of Law.
Francis will take up her appointment later this year, as the state requires anyone appointed to the Supreme Court be a member of the Florida Bar for a minimum 10 years, Judge Francis will achieve this requirement come September 2020.