Ian Richards (judge)

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Ian J. Richards
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County Court Judge of Florida's 17th Judicial Circuit
Assumed office
January, 2009
Personal details
Born Ian J. Richards
(1975-05-31) May 31, 1975 (age 39)
Derbyshire, England
Nationality United States
Residence Hollywood, Florida, U.S.
Alma mater University of Miami, School of Law
Profession attorney, judge

Ian J. Richards (born May, 1975) presently serves as county court judge in the Florida's 17th Judicial Circuit.[1] Judge Richards was the first African-American judge to be elected countywide in Broward County, Florida. [7] He presided over one of South Florida's most highly publicized hearings "State of Florida v. John Reasee", in which Judge Richards jumped over his bench to protect a witness who was being attacked by the man she had testified against. [8][9]

Early life and career[edit]

Richards, the son of a mechanic and registered nurse, grew up in South Florida. He attended Shadowlawn Elementary School in the heart of Liberty City[10], and later graduated from Norland Senior High School. Richards earned his Bachelor of Accounting degree in 1999 from Florida International University. In 2002, Richards received a Juris Doctor degree from University of Miami's School of Law. Richards was a member of the UM Law School’s Honor Council.

Judge Richards is married with three children.

Career achievements[edit]

  • 2002 to 2004 – Assistant State Attorney for the 11th Judicial Circuit
  • 2004 to 2008 – private attorney in South Florida
  • 2009 to present – elected County Judge for the 17th Judicial Circuit

Richards is a member of the Broward Bar Association and the Florida Bar Association

See also[edit]


1. 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida Website

2. Judge Leaps to Protect Woman in Court, Miami Herald, published March 25, 2009

3. Judge Vaults Bench to Subdue Courtroom Attacker, Daily Business Review, published March 26, 2009

4. Hero judge rugby tackles defendant who attacked domestic violence victim in court, Daily Mail UK, published March 25, 2009

5. Fla. Judge Vaults Bench, Helps Subdue Suspect, Makes TMZ, ABA Journal, published March 25, 2009

6. Chad Johnson Judge Also a Tough Guy, Miami Herald, published August 23, 2012

7. Courthouse Surprise, Broward Palm Beach New Times(.com), published September 18, 2008

8. Judge Jumps Over Bench In Courtroom Melee, CBS News, retrieved August 27, 2013

9. Judge helps restrain abuser after attack on victim in court, 7News WSVN.com, retrieved August 27, 2013

10. Tough Liberty City Helped Judge Choose Law, Daily Business Review, published May 19, 2014

11. The Herald recommends Ian Richards, Miami Herald, published August 4, 2014

12. Re-elect Ian Richards, Ellen Feld to County Court, Sun-sentinel, published August 13, 2014