Molly Francis has been a Texas judge for 26 years and licensed Texas attorney for 36 years. Before becoming a judge, she was an attorney with the First Court of Appeals in Houston, an appellate section prosecutor for Dallas County District Attorney Henry Wade, and represented clients in both trial and appellate levels. In 1990, Justice Francis was elected judge of Dallas County Criminal Court No. 9, a misdemeanor court. Six years later, Governor George W. Bush appointed her judge of the 283rd Judicial District Court, a felony court. On September 12, 2001, Governor Rick Perry appointed her as justice on the Fifth District Court of Appeals sitting in Dallas.

For the past 16 years, Justice Francis has authored and participated in the writing of opinions in all types of cases appealed from every level of trial court in Dallas, Collin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall counties.

In 2003, Justice Francis was elected by all Texas judges to chair the Judicial Section of the State Bar of Texas and the Texas Center for the Judiciary, an organization that provides exemplary judicial education throughout the state. During her years as a judge, she has taught at many judicial conferences and legal seminars including the College for New Judges, Texas A&M University School of Law and the Advanced Criminal Law Conference. She is a graduate of the Texas College for Judicial Studies. Justice Francis has served on the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors and as chair of the community service restitution committee of the Volunteer Center of North Texas.


Justice Francis is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in criminal law and criminal appellate law and is currently on the Criminal Appellate Advisory Committee of the TBLS.  She is a graduate of Baylor University and Baylor School of Law. Justice Francis has two daughters.  Meredith, 30, an NYU graduate, works for People Magazine in New York City. Morgan, 28, an Alabama graduate, recently received her master’s degree from Southern Methodist University and teaches elementary school in Dallas.