Duval County’s first elected Black female judge to be sworn in Tuesday

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — History is being made in Duval County. The first elected Black female judge of the River City was sworn in Tuesday.

Action News Jax reported when Judge Rhonda People-Waters won the election in August.

While other Black women have been appointed as judges in the county, such as Judge Pauline Drake who was appointed by the late Gov. Lawton Chiles in 1998, Judge Angela Cox, who was appointed to the Circuit Court by former Gov. Rick Scott in 2014, and Judge London Kite, who was appointed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in 2020, Peoples-Waters is the first Black woman to gain a judicial seat by election.

She was sworn in on Tuesday at 2:18 p.m. at the Duval County Courthouse.

The public can watch virtually on Zoom. The Zoom ID is 613 984 7385. Click here for more information.

Click here to read more about the history of Duval County judges.