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Welcome to The Supreme Court of Mississippi

Chief Waller

Welcome to the website of the Mississippi Judiciary. This site is designed to provide public access to information about the state court system.

Here you will find dockets, briefs, orders and opinions of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Appellate opinions dating back to 1996 are available here. Appellate court oral arguments are webcast live, and oral arguments heard since October 2014 are archived here. Mississippi College School of Law’s Judicial Database, linked here, includes a video archive of oral arguments dating from 2004 and a brief archive from late 2007.

At the trial court level, a growing number of Chancery, Circuit and County Courts utilize the Mississippi Electronic Courts system to e-file trial court records. Digital court documents may be viewed via the subscriber based PAMEC digital portal.

General information about each level of the court system and the kinds of matters dealt with at each level may be found here. Judicial and staff directories are available for each court.

The site provides access to all the current laws of the state through the searchable Mississippi Code. All rules of the state court system are available online. The catalog of the legal collections of the State Library is available. Court statistics and administrative data back to 1996 are available in annual reports.

We hope that this site is a useful resource that assists the legal community and educates the public about the workings of the court system. Public understanding of the courts is essential to public trust.

William L. (Bill) Waller, Jr.
Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Mississippi


May 16, 2017
Motion to Amend Rule 23 of the Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure
The Supreme Court’s Rules Committee on Civil Practice and Procedure seeks comments to the Motion to Amend Rule 23 of the Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure, filed by Richard T. Phillips.

Comments must be filed with the Clerk of Appellate Courts at Post Office Box 249, Jackson, Mississippi 39205. The original filing deadline of June 15, 2017, is extended to October 2, 2017.

December 15, 2016
Supreme Court adopts the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure

    Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure, effective July 1, 2017
    Order adopting the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure
    Executive Summary of the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure

Notice of Closure:

Notice of Holiday Closure on July 3 and 4, 2017
May 31, 2017

Mississippi Courts Newsletter - April 2017
April 28, 2017

Latest News
Portrait ceremony scheduled for June 30 in Magnolia
June 26, 2017

Four former judges and a district attorney will be honored during a portrait hanging ceremony at 10 a.m. June 30 at the Pike County Courthouse in Magnolia.

Court language interpreter ceremony scheduled for June 29
June 23, 2017

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jim Kitchens will administer the court interpreter’s oath at 2 p.m. June 29 to the first Spanish speaking court language interpreter to be trained and certified under the state’s own program.

14th Circuit Drug Court to conduct trauma training for law officers
June 9, 2017

The Fourteenth Circuit Drug Court will conduct trauma training for area law enforcement officers June 13 and 14 at the Drug Court office at 3162 Old Industrial Road in McComb.

Circuit Judge Mark Duncan to be sworn in June 6
June 2, 2017

Newly appointed Circuit Judge Mark Duncan of Philadelphia will be sworn in Tuesday, June 6 at 1 p.m. at the Neshoba County Courthouse.

Lamar County Circuit Court to begin e-filing May 30
May 26, 2017

Electronic filing of court documents will become mandatory in Lamar County Circuit Court on May 30. Voluntary electronic filing began May 22.

Public comments sought regarding consideration of class action rule
May 23, 2017

The Mississippi Supreme Court’s Rules Committee on Civil Practice and Procedure has asked for public comments on a proposal to create a class action rule similar to that in federal courts.

Networking luncheons to raise awareness of free civil legal services
May 23, 2017

Organizers of free civil legal clinics are working to increase public awareness of the services available to assist poor people. Informational program luncheons for community leaders are scheduled across north Mississippi starting May 24 at noon at the Union County Chancery Court, 109 East Main Street in New Albany.

Judge Latrice Westbrooks named Outstanding Woman Lawyer of 2017
May 23, 2017

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Latrice A. Westbrooks of Lexington was honored Friday, May 19, as Outstanding Woman Lawyer of 2017 by the Mississippi Women Lawyers’ Association.

Retiring Circuit Judge Vernon Cotten honored
May 19, 2017

A long line of people stretched outside the National Guard Armory in Carthage Thursday afternoon as colleagues, friends and well-wishers gathered at a retirement ceremony honoring Circuit Judge Vernon R. Cotten.

Hinds Circuit Drug Court graduation set for May 23
May 17, 2017

Fourteen people are expected to graduate for the Hinds County Circuit Drug Court on May 23. The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. on the second floor of the Hinds County Courthouse at 407 East Pascagoula Street in Jackson.

Commission on Guardianship and Conservatorship begins work
May 12, 2017

The Mississippi Commission on Guardianship and Conservatorship met May 10 to begin work to develop recommendations to improve the way the courts protect children, vulnerable adults and estates.

Court language intepreter seminar set for June 21-22 in Long Beach
May 10, 2017

A seminar for prospective court language interpreters will be held June 21 and 22 at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Campus, 730 East Beach Boulevard in Long Beach.

Commission on Guardianship and Conservatorship to meet May 10
May 9, 2017

The Mississippi Commission on Guardianship and Conservatorship will meet for the first time on May 10 at 10 a.m. at the Gartin Justice Building, 450 High Street in Jackson. The meeting will be held in the first floor training room.

14th Circuit Drug Court graduation is May 15 in Summit
May 8, 2017

Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice Jess H. Dickinson will be the guest speaker at the 14th Circuit Drug Court graduation at 2 p.m. May 15 at Southwest Mississippi Community College in Summit. The ceremony will be held in the Horace Holmes Student Union Hall.

19 people graduate from Eighth Circuit Drug Court
May 8, 2017

A 35-year-old former nurse will work to regain a nursing license after completing four years in the Eighth Judicial District Drug Court.

Circuit Judge Vernon Cotten announces retirement
May 3, 2017

Circuit Judge Vernon R. Cotten of Carthage will retire from the Eighth Circuit District bench on May 31 after nearly 20 years of service.

Three state judges honored by Mississippi Bar Foundation
April 14, 2017

Circuit Judge Prentiss G. Harrell of Hattiesburg and Circuit Judge Carol L. White-Richard of Indianola were inducted as fellows of the Mississippi Bar Foundation on April 13.

Supreme Court creates Commission on Guardianship and Conservatorship
April 13, 2017

The Supreme Court on April 13 created the Mississippi Commission on Guardianship and Conservatorship to develop recommendations to improve the way the courts protect children, vulnerable adults and estates.

Court of Appeals to visit Mississippi Valley State, Alcorn and University of Mississippi
March 8, 2017

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene on the campus of Mississippi Valley State University on March 30 at 10 a.m. to hear oral arguments, and will visit Alcorn State University at 10 a.m. April 6.

Judge Alfonso, Judge Webster named to Drug Courts Advisory Committee
March 1, 2017

Harrison County Court Judge Margaret Alfonso of Gulfport and Circuit Judge Charles Webster of Clarksdale have been appointed to the State Drug Courts Advisory Committee.

Access to Justice Commission to meet on March 7 in Jackson
February 24, 2017

Mississippi was ranked 50th on the 2016Justice Index.The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission wants to know why, and how to improve.

Third Circuit Drug Court graduation is Feb. 14 in Oxford
February 10, 2017

A dozen north Mississippi people will give their families a powerful Valentine's Day gift when they graduate from the Third Judicial District Drug Court.

Mississippi Summit on Courts and the Military is set for Feb. 24
February 9, 2017

The Mississippi Summit on Courts and the Military is scheduled for Feb. 24 at Mississippi
College School of Law, 151 East Griffith Street in Jackson.

Judge Westbrooks investiture celebrates those who shaped her life
February 2, 2017

“If I try hard enough, I can do anything. All I have to do is just try,” Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Latrice Westbrooks told colleagues, friends and family at her investiture on Wednesday, Feb. 1, in Jackson.

Investiture of Judge Latrice Westbrooks to be held Feb. 1 in Jackson
January 31, 2017

An investiture ceremony for Court of Appeals Judge Latrice Westbrooks is scheduled for Feb. 1 at 3 p.m. at the Gartin Justice Building, 450 High Street in Jackson.

Teamwork training for child welfare professionals set for Jan. 25 in Gulfport
January 23, 2017

Teamwork training for child welfare professionals is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 25, 9a.m. to 3 p.m. at Michael Memorial Baptist Church in Gulfport.

Reentry Council to meet January 20
January 18, 2017

The Mississippi Reentry Council will meet at 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Training Room at the Gartin Justice Building at 450 High Street in Jackson.

Teamwork training for child welfare professionals set for Jan. 18 in Madison
January 17, 2017

Teamwork training for child welfare professionals is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 18, 9a.m. to 3 p.m. at Broadmoor Baptist Church, 1531 Highland Colony Parkway in Madison.

Justice Chamberlin praised for fairness, intellect, integrity at investiture ceremony
January 9, 2017

Judges and friends on Sunday praised new Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Chamberlin as a smart, fair, hardworking judge of high integrity.

Investiture of Justice Chamberlin set for January 8 in Hernando
January 4, 2017

An investiture ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Chamberlin is scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the DeSoto County Courthouse, 2535 Highway 51 South in Hernando.

Justices Chamberlin, Kitchens, Maxwell and Beam sworn in January 3
January 3, 2017

New Supreme Court Justice Robert P. Chamberlin and incumbent Justices James W. Kitchens, James D. Maxwell II and Dawn H. Beam took the oath of office today in Jackson.

Court of Appeals Judge Latrice Westbrooks sworn in January 3
January 3, 2017

New Court of Appeals Judge Latrice A. Westbrooks took the oath of office today in Jackson.

Mississippi Judiciary website redesigned for mobile device access
December 30, 2016

The State of Mississippi Judiciary today launched a redesigned website that is mobile ready, making court information easily accessible on smartphones and tablets.

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