Gov. Ron DeSantis appoints 2 justices to Florida Supreme Court
MIAMI – Governor Ron DeSantis held a press conference in Miami on Tuesday afternoon. At that point, he announced the appointment of Judge Renatha Francis and Attorney John Couriel to the Florida Supreme Court.
Francis is currently a judge on the 15th Circuit Court in Florida in Palm Beach County.
Judge Renatha Francis was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court. (WPLG)
She previously served on Florida 11th Circuit Court and Miami-Dade County Court.
Francis, who was born in Jamaica, will become the first Caribbean American to be appointed to the Florida Supreme Court, the governor said.
“I am incredibly honored and humbled by this appointment and the trust you have placed in me to serve the people of our great state of Florida,” said Francis. “From the very humble beginnings that stand before you today, I have truly been the epitome of the American dream.”
Francis said she was raised by a single mother in Jamaica who never finished high school and was the daughter of a farmer.
Despite her obstacles in life, Francis said her mother taught her and her sister “grit, determination, and hard work.”
Couriel is currently an attorney with the Kobre & Kim law firm in Miami.
Attorney John Couriel was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Ron DeSantis. (WPLG)
According to his biography on the company’s website, “Couriel handles high-stakes cross-border disputes with a particular focus on Latin America” and “conducts internal investigations and represents individuals and companies in jurisdictions such as Brazil, Argentina and Mexico”.
Previously, he served as the U.S. Assistant Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Department of Criminal Investigation for the Southern District of Florida.
“I am deeply grateful today,” Couriel said at the press conference on Tuesday. “I am grateful for the trust Governor DeSantis has shown in me by inviting me to serve in our state’s Supreme Court. You heard it.” Alexander Hamilton said: “Courts have neither force nor will, only judgment” and sometimes a good audience. Governor, my prayer today is that your judgment will have been good and that my judgment will not fail you.
The governor has appointed five people to the Florida Supreme Court since taking office, four of whom are from South Florida.
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