A more complete biography can be found at www.JudgeIanRichards.com.
About Judge Ian Richards
Judge Ian 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, and later graduated from Norland Senior High School. As a highly motivated young man, Judge Richards earned an accounting degree from Florida International University and received a scholarship to the University of Miami's School of Law. Judge Richards began his legal career as an intern with the Broward Public Defender's Office. After receiving his Juris Doctor, He went on to become a Prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office where he handled hundreds of cases in misdemeanor-domestic violence, juvenile, and felony courts. In his years of private practice, Judge Richards defended the rights of his clients in real estate, felony, misdemeanor, landlord tenant, and immigration cases. Judge Ian Richards is a member of the Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce, Florida Bar Association, Broward Bar Association, Urban League, the Rotary Club and Kiwanis's Club.
From the Bench and in the Community
Ian Richards was the first African-American judge to be elected countywide in Broward County, Florida when voters chose him in 2008. Judge Richards was the only misdemeanor domestic violence court judge in Broward County from January 2009 to January 2013. As a domestic violence judge he handled one of the most delicate and dangerous divisions in the County. Judge Richards was also the Domestic Violence Felony back up judge and one of a select group of judges handling temporary injunctions for protection against domestic, dating, repeat, and sexual violence. Further, he took the bench with one of the highest criminal caseloads in Broward County. Judge Richards implemented an innovative trial strategy to reduce the active caseload by more than half. His trial strategy was an attempt to bring all cases to trial within 90 days, while giving victims and all parties an opportunity to be heard. Judge Ian Richards has earned a reputation for being "a no-nonsense guy", "very fair", and "very patient" (Miami Herald, 8/23/2012). Today, Judge Richards is on the bench hearing cases in Hollywood Florida and working to increase access to justice for all.
Judge Richards has also maintained a strong commitment to his community. He regularly addresses schools, churches, and mentors local youth. Judge Richards has assisted in local school activities, such as book-bag giveaways, career days, essay writing contests, and youth football camp. He facilitated Broward High School Mock Trials and Rotary Scholarship interviews. He is currently an active member of a local Chorale. In addition, he created the website www.IanRichards.org to help young adults become aware of available internships and scholarships. Judge Ian Richards encourages all high school students to begin applying for internships and scholarships by 10th grade. Judge Richards was honored by the Alpha Kappa Sorority, Legacy Magazines, and Zeta Youth Summit. Judge Ian Richards is a loving husband and proud father of one daughter and two sons ages 9, 3, and 1 year. His wife was a cardiac registered nurse at Memorial Hospital and is now a freelance RN and medical translator.
Judge Richards believes: We make the constitution work by giving all parties a fair and public trial. Call Judge Ian Richards' Office (954)831-0306 to arrange a courtroom tour. Schools, churches, or other large tours will be accommodated. Here are some community members that visited the courtroom.