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Task Force recommends changes for Justice Courts
December 3, 2007

Increased education requirements and non-partisan elections are among recommendations of a task force studying the Mississippi Justice Court system.

Task Force report narrative
December 3, 2007

The Task Force enthusiastically accepted the legislative charge in Senate Bill 2567. The Task Force held numerous meetings and conducted nine public hearings throughout the State. As Chairman, I encouraged the members of the Task Force to separately address the mandated issues honestly, fairly and with the best interest of this State’s citizens in mind. The members were admonished to avoid self-serving, personal or partisan considerations. I am pleased to report that the final recommendations reflect that the Task Force admirably set aside regional, political, personal and sometimes competing interests in reaching unanimous consent regarding all recommendations, without dissent.

Harrison County Chancery Court celebrates Adoption Day
November 14, 2007

Harrison County Chancery Court will celebrate a special Adoption Day on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport. November is National Adoption Month.

Court of Appeals schedules oral arguments at Mississippi College School of Law
November 9, 2007

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments at the Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson on November 13 as part of the court’s commitment to education.

Chief Justice appoints James D. Shannon to Ethics Commission
November 1, 2007

Attorney James D. Shannon of Hazlehurst has been appointed to the Mississippi Ethics Commission.

Chief Justice appoints Michael R. Cooper to Ethics Commission
October 26, 2007

Attorney Michael R. Cooper of Madison has been appointed to the Mississippi Ethics Commission.

Justices to present $193,000 from Civil Legal Assistance Fund
October 24, 2007

Members of the Mississippi Supreme Court will deliver checks totaling $193,000 on Monday, Oct. 29, to civil legal assistance programs which help poor people seek access to justice.

Supreme Court amends rule to encourage legal help for the poor
October 24, 2007

Lawyers who do not actively practice but are licensed members of the Mississippi Bar and attorneys licensed in other states may do free legal work for the poor under a rule amendment adopted by the Mississippi Supreme Court on Oct. 18.

Rankin County Youth Drug Court first graduation is Oct. 22
October 24, 2007

The Rankin County Youth Drug Court will celebrate it’s first graduation on Monday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m. at the Rankin County Justice Center, 301 East Government Street in downtown Brandon. The program will be in the County Courtroom on the first floor.

Justice Court Task Force to hold public hearings in Jackson Sept. 25
September 24, 2007

The Justice Court Task Force will hold public hearings at the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson on Tuesday, Sept. 25. The hearings will be on the second floor.

Hinds Youth Court uses GPS tracking
September 24, 2007

Hillary Cockrell eyed a trail of blue flags across a satellite image and a series of street addresses printed across her computer screen.

Justice Graves to teach trial advocacy at Harvard Law School
September 14, 2007

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. will be a guest instructor at Harvard Law School Sept. 17-21.

Justice Court Task Force to meet Wednesday, Sept. 5
August 31, 2007

The Justice Court Task Force will meet on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. on the Fourth Floor of the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.

Supreme Court appoints special judge for Hinds County Circuit Court
August 29, 2007

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed a second special judge to assist the Seventh Circuit Court of Hinds County with its criminal docket.

Justice Court Task Force schedules public hearings
August 21, 2007

Nine public hearings have been scheduled across the state in September and October to discuss Mississippi’s Justice Court system. The Task Force studying the Justice Court system will use information gathered at the hearings when it makes a report to the Mississippi Legislature Dec. 1.

Justice Dickinson joins American Judicature Society National Advisory Council
August 21, 2007

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson has been appointed to the American Judicature Society’s National Advisory Council.

Access to Justice Commission will meet August 22
August 21, 2007

The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the Mississippi Bar Center at 643 North State Street in Jackson.

Justice Court Task Force to meet Tuesday, Aug. 21
August 17, 2007

A Task Force created to study Mississippi’s Justice Court system will meet Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 10 a.m. on the Fourth Floor of the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.

Justice Ann Lamar’s investiture celebrated in Senatobia
August 17, 2007

Judges at the investiture ceremony of Supreme Court Justice Ann Hannaford Lamar in Senatobia on Thursday, Aug. 16, called her a smart, strong-willed and hard-working judge whose experience makes her well suited to serve on the state’s highest court.

Investiture of Justice Lamar is set for Aug. 16 in Senatobia
August 1, 2007

An investiture ceremony for Supreme Court Justice Ann Hannaford Lamar is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, in her hometown of Senatobia. The ceremony will be held at the Tate County Courthouse at 201 Ward St.

4th Circuit Drug Court schedules graduation
July 27, 2007

When graduation rolls around on Monday in Greenville, two of the nine people completing the Fourth Circuit Drug Court Program can attest that their journey to being drug free was no easy path in more ways than one.

Justice Court Task Force will seek citizens’ opinions
July 25, 2007

A Task Force created to study and suggest improvements for Mississippi’s Justice system will schedule six or more public hearings across the state later this year. Specific dates and locations will be announced later.

Supreme Court to distribute Civil Legal Assistance Funds
July 25, 2007

Members of the Mississippi Supreme Court will deliver checks totaling $251,663 on Monday, July 30, and Tuesday, July 31, to programs which provide civil legal assistance to poor people.

USM law fellowship honors Judge Lee as Distinguished Public Servant
July 18, 2007

A University of Southern Mississippi organization established to promote interest in careers in the legal profession has honored Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge L. Joseph Lee as the recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Public Servant Award.

6th District Drug Court celebrates graduation
July 16, 2007

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Michael K. Randolph will be the keynote speaker Tuesday, July 17, in Natchez at a graduation ceremony for the Sixth Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court. The ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. at the Natchez Convention Center at 211 Main Street.

Chief Justice Award recipients announced
July 16, 2007

State Drug Court Coordinator Joseph Craft of Clinton and Supreme Court Information Technology Department Director Michael Jones of Brandon are the recipients of the 2007 Chief Justice Awards.

Ann H. Lamar takes oath as newest Supreme Court Justice
May 21, 2007

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Ann Hannaford Lamar took the oath of office Monday, May 21.

Ann H. Lamar is appointed to Mississippi Supreme Court
May 9, 2007

Justices of the Mississippi Supreme Court praised newly appointed Justice Ann Hannaford Lamar for her extensive trial court experience, sound judgment and fairness.

National drug court leaders to speak at Jackson conference May 9-11
May 4, 2007

Two leaders in the national drug court movement are the opening speakers Wednesday, May 9, in Jackson for the Third Annual Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals Training Conference. The conference will continue through May 11 at the downtown Marriott Hotel on Amite Street.

Chief Justice Smith to speak at National Day of Prayer observance
May 2, 2007

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. will be among the speakers at the observance of National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3, in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Justice Kay Cobb celebrates retirement
April 28, 2007

Retiring Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice Kay B. Cobb on Friday called her path to the court unintended and unexpected.

Judge Alfonso to talk about disaster planning at National Association of Women Judges conference
April 19, 2007

Chancery Judge Margaret Alfonso of Gulfport will share her experiences from Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath during a judicial disaster preparedness program at the National Association of Women Judges Regional Conference April 28 in Miami Beach, Fla.

Judge Barnes to be honored by National Association of Women Judges
April 17, 2007

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Donna M. Barnes will be honored at the National Association of Women Judges Regional Conference April 28 at the Savoy Hotel in Miami Beach, Fla.

Justice Graves, Judge Barnes inducted as Fellows of Mississippi Bar Foundation
April 12, 2007

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. of Jackson and Court of Appeals Judge Donna M. Barnes of Tupelo were among 15 lawyers inducted Thursday, April 12, as Fellows of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.

Court of Appeals schedules oral arguments at University of Mississippi School of Law
April 12, 2007

A panel of judges of the Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene court in Oxford at the University of Mississippi School of Law on April 17.

Supreme Court to distribute Civil Legal Assistance Funds
March 15, 2007

Members of the Mississippi Supreme Court will deliver checks totaling $280,000 on Monday, March 19, to programs which provide civil legal assistance to poor people.

Justice Kay Cobb announces retirement
March 5, 2007

Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice Kay B. Cobb announced today that she will retire, effective May 1, 2007.

Access to Justice Commission discusses legal needs of the poor
March 1, 2007

The Mississippi Supreme Court has called for a series of regional public discussions about the need for civil legal services for the poor.

Court of Appeals schedules oral arguments at University of Southern Mississippi campus
February 27, 2007

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg on March 7 as part of the court’s commitment to education.

Access to Justice Commission will meet Feb. 28
February 27, 2007

The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Mississippi Bar Center at 643 North State Street in Jackson.

Hinds Justice Court offers early intervention for drug offenders
February 6, 2007

The Hinds County Courthouse was open late Tuesday, with Drug Court programs running simultaneously on two floors.

Judge Carlton pledges to be a guardian of justice
January 29, 2007

Court of Appeals Judge Virginia Carlton at her investiture ceremony on Monday, Jan. 29, pledged to be a guardian of justice.

Investiture of Judge Virginia Carlton is Jan. 29
January 19, 2007

An investiture ceremony for Judge Virginia Carlton, the newest member of the Mississippi Court of Appeals, is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Jan. 29 in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the Capitol in Jackson.

Supreme Court makes appointments to Complaint Tribunal, CLE Commission and Rules Advisory Committee
January 11, 2007

The Mississippi Supreme Court today announced appointments to three entities which work to improve the administration of justice.

Justice Graves to speak at ceremony commemorating Medgar Evers
January 10, 2007

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. will speak on Jan. 15 at the Newton County Courthouse in Decatur during a ceremony honoring the life of Newton County native Medgar Evers.

Drug Court advancement ceremony scheduled for January 16
January 8, 2007

The Eighth Circuit Drug Court on Jan. 16 will recognize the accomplishments of eight people who are advancing to the final phase of the program. The ceremony is scheduled for 3 p.m. in the second floor courtroom of the Leake County Courthouse in Carthage.

Chief Judge King takes oath as head of Court of Appeals
January 2, 2007

Judge Leslie D. King of Greenville took the oath of office Jan. 2 as Chief Judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

Judge Virginia Carlton takes oath of office
January 2, 2007

Court of Appeals Judge Virginia Carlton took the oath of office on Monday, Jan. 2. Court of Appeals Chief Judge Leslie D. King administered the oath of office in the court’s En Banc Room.