With an official appointment from Gov. Ron DeSantis, Judge Renatha Francis is set to become the next Florida Supreme Court Justice. The governor made the announcement on Friday in Palm Beach County, where Francis currently serves as a judge on the 15th Circuit Court.
“Judge Renatha Francis has an incredible life story that epitomizes the American Dream and proves that those who come to our country have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and, through hard work and the application of their God-given talents, reach the highest heights of whatever field they choose,” DeSantis said.
WIKI – Francis was born and raised in Jamaica. She attended St Hugh’s High School and the University of the West Indies, receiving a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, in 2001. Francis operated a bar and a trucking company while attending college in Jamaica.
Francis moved to Florida in 2004 and graduated from Florida Coastal School of Law with a Juris Doctor in 2010. She began her legal career as a law clerk at Florida’s First District Court of Appeal in Tallahassee from 2011–2017.
Francis worked briefly as a litigator at the law firm Shutts & Bowen in Miami before being appointed to the Miami-Dade County Court in 2017 by Governor Rick Scott. Scott elevated her to Miami-Dade’s Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court in 2018, and Governor Ron DeSantis laterally appointed her to the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Palm Beach County in 2019. Francis was assigned to the probate and family division at the Fifteenth Circuit.