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Court of Appeals
Presiding Judge
Kenny Griffis
District 3, Position 2

Judge Kenny Griffis serves on the Mississippi Court of Appeals, Third District, Post 2. In a special election held in November of 2002, Judge Griffis was elected to serve the remainder of a term originally held by retired Judge Mary Libby Payne. In November of 2006, Judge Griffis was unopposed and elected to a full eight year term, which will end in January of 2015.

Judge Griffis currently serves as a member of the Mississippi Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules, which was formed to review and recommend changes to the Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure, the Rules of Evidence, the Rules of Appellate Procedure, and the Uniform Rules of Circuit, Chancery and County Courts. Judge Griffis also serves as a member of the Mississippi Supreme Court's Committee on E-filing/Court Docket Management. In 2004, Chief Justice James W. Smith, Jr. appointed Judge Griffis to serve on this Committee, which was formed to study and recommend a uniform means to file court pleadings electronically and for uniform court docket management.

Judge Griffis has served as an officer or board member for many professional organizations, including The Mississippi Bar, the Lauderdale County Bar Association, the Jackson Young Lawyers Association (President, 1993-94), and the Hinds County Bar Association. Judge Griffis also served as Chair of the Mississippi Bar Litigation and General Practice Section (2001-02). Judge Griffis has also served as an officer, board member or commissioner of many community service organizations, including the Northside YMCA, Northeast Jackson Soccer Organization, Jackson Futbol Club, Madison Ridgeland Youth Baseball, Mississippi’s Junior Miss Program, and the Lauderdale County Mental Health Association.

Judge Griffis is a member of the Downtown Jackson Rotary Club (Paul Harris Fellow), the Fellows of The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division, the Lamar Order of the University of Mississippi School of Law, the Federalist Society, and the Christian Legal Society.

Judge Griffis is a native of Meridian, Mississippi. He is a product of the Meridian Public Schools, Meridian Community College, the University of Mississippi, and Mississippi State University - Meridian Branch. He obtained his accounting and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. Judge Griffis was a Certified Public Accountant from 1984 through 2007.

Judge Griffis serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Mississippi College School of Law, and he taught Evidence in the Fall of 2007. Judge Griffis also served as an Accounting Instructor at Meridian Community College, and he taught Principles of Accounting in 1988.

Judge Griffis and his wife, Mary Helen, are the proud parents of five boys. They live in Ridgeland and attend Christ United Methodist Church, where Judge Griffis regularly teaches youth Sunday school. Judge Griffis has served as a Cub Scout leader and a coach for over 50 youth sports teams, including baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey.


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