DeSantis continues to reshape the Florida Supreme Court

by | May 26, 2020

Governor Ron DeSantis continued to reshape the state’s judicial system on Tuesday after he filled two vacancies on the Florida Supreme Court with a pair of South Floridians.

Making the announcement at a press conference in Miami, DeSantis named Miami attorney John Couriel and Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Renatha Francis to the state’s highest court.

“Since taking office, I’ve had the privilege to make five appointments to the Florida Supreme Court,” DeSantis said. “Four of those five appointments have come from South Florida.”


Francis, 42, is a judge in Palm Beach and will become the first Caribbean-American justice on Florida’s Supreme Court. Couriel, 41, a lawyer and former U.S. Department of Justice prosecutor, is based in Miami and it highly touted in many conservative circles.

The Miami-Dade appointees will replace two other justices from South Florida — Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck — who were selected to serve on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by President Donald Trump.

The appointments were praised by several Republican officials around the state.

Today’s move was also applauded by William Large, president of the Florida Justice Reform Institute.

“The Florida Justice Reform Institute applauds Governor DeSantis for his thoughtful and decisive leadership as he continues to reshape the Florida Supreme Court,” said Large.

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  1. Marc Sloat

    What a breath of fresh air having a great governor is in a super state as long as he gets cooperated with have a win win … Now if the mini state could open their eyes and maybe learn to Not TAX the citizens so much that they move out of state !

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