Karen Mills Francis Biography
Karen Mills-Francis is an American television personality and former county court judge and criminal defense attorney in Florida before turning to TV to preside over her own court shows. She is the judge of TV’s syndicated shows Judge Karen and Judge Karen’s Court.
Karen Mills Francis Age
Francis was born on 11 August 1960 in Miami, Florida, USA. She is 63 years old as of 2023.
She completed her undergraduate education at the prestigious Bowdoin College in Maine on a full scholarship and she spent summers studying at the University of Wisconsin.
Mills worked in the public welfare sector in areas such as job training after graduation and helping welfare recipients to gain employment. Later, in 1987, she graduated from the Levin School of Law at the University of Florida.
Karen Mills Francis Family | Father | Mother | Andrea Mills
Judge Karen, with her late mother Andrea Mills
Karen was born the oldest in a family of five children to Andrea Mills. She says that her father and her extended family at large, were fundamental in directing her career.” My father always said he could see me becoming a lawyer; he said I talked too much,” she said.
Unfortunately her mother (Andrea McKinney Mills) passed away on July 1, 2023 at the age of 84, three years after the death of her grandmother.
Karen Mills Francis Husband | Judge Karen Mills Francis Husband Death
Some sources state that Karen had a husband who was Jamaican but later he died. Judge Karen also fostered an 11-year-old Jamaican child. Besides, she has also repeatedly opened her home to those in need.
Judge Karen Mills Francis
She practiced law for 13 years both for the state in the Office of the Public Defender, as well as in private practice. She then became a Traffic Magistrate in 1998 hearing non-criminal traffic cases.
Mills became a Traffic Magistrate in 1998 hearing non-criminal traffic cases. She was driven by the lack of diversity in the court system to decide to run for a judgeship in 2000.
She won her first election by overthrowing a longtime incumbent. Thus becoming the second black woman to serve on the bench in Miami-Dade County.
Mills was elected twice to the position of Miami-Dade County Judge, Judge Karen. Hence made it her mission to support those who are at risk of getting lost in the legal system.
Judge Karen Show
Judge Karen was the host of an American arbitration-based reality court show that aired in first-run syndication. The show debuted on September 8, 2008, in 48 of the top 50 U.S. markets. However, she did not wear the traditional black robe, but instead a burgundy one.
Judge Karen permitted litigants to cross-examine witnesses, with a segment at the end in which Mills-Francis answers videotaped questions from viewers to distinguish itself from other shows in the crowded field.
However, on 10 January 2009, it was announced that the show would not be renewed for a second season.
The show’s reruns are however being televised on the BET Network and TV One network.
Judge Karen Mills Francis Net Worth | Judge Karen Mills Francis Salary
Through her wide career in law and television, Mills has acquired a great amount of wealth. Moreover, her net worth is approximately between $5 Million and $20Million as of 2023.