The court, announcing Friday’s ruling, quashed the appointment of Judge Renatha Francis because she had already fallen from a 10-year mandate before someone was admitted to the Florida Bar, as they were eligible for a position in the High Court.
Francis was admitted to the Florida Bar on September 24, 2010, making his term with several months less time than the requirement for admission to the Florida Supreme Court under state law. While Francis’ nomination was a victory for black lawmakers who pressed Desantes to add an African American to the bench, critics pointed to the timing of his taking, saying he still should not be allowed in court.
The court ruled, saying, “The ten-year membership requirement of the Constitution and the sixty-day appointment deadline are bright-line mandatory orders that enforce the rules, rather than the standards.” “We believe that the constitution requires the immediate appointment of a governor and appoints a constitutionally qualified candidate from among the seven remaining candidates already certified by the Judicial Nomination Commission.”
DeSantis has appointed another judge to fill the vacancy for Francis by Monday. The spot first opened with the retirement of Justice Robert Luck.
In the Sunshine State, governors are mandated to fill Supreme Court vacancies from a list given by the Judicial Nomination Commission of the Supreme Court, meaning that Dainistis may have narrowed his list from the original list that would have given him Francis’s Beat its odds before nominations were provided this year.
An attempt to prevent Francis from appearing in court was brought by State Reapers Geraldine Thompson (D). She initially requested a new list to be prepared for DeSantis, but amended her petition two weeks ago to fit the court’s decision to first determine that the governor had given up his authority in appointing Francis Finished it.
“My motivation was to maintain independence, autonomy and people’s trust in our judiciary,” Thompson told the Associated Press. “I laid my hands on the Bible and raised my hands before God and said that I will protect and protect the Constitution.” I think I had the responsibility to do this. “