The appointment of Renatha Francis, a Jamaican, as a judge to the Florida Supreme Court has been cast into doubt following a ruling by the said Supreme Court on Thursday.
In a 5-0 decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Governor Ron DeSantis exceeded his authority when he in May appointed Francis to fill a vacancy.
The court held that the appointee must be constitutionally eligible for that office at the time of the appointment.
When DeSantis announced Francis’ appointment, he said that she would not take up her appointment until after September 24 when she would have fulfil the 10-year requirement.
Subsequently, a democratic state lawmaker brought a lawsuit questioning the legality of the appointment given that Francis had not been a member of the Florida Bar for the required period.