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Federal and state officials organize Reentry Council to address recidivism
December 23, 2013

Officials spanning the spectrum of the criminal justice system as well as religious and civil liberties organizations gathered Thursday, Dec. 19, to begin work on a program to help former inmates become productive, law abiding citizens and to reduce prison recidivism.

Commission on Children’s Justice recommends changes
December 19, 2013

The Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice has recommended creation of a state funded, uniform youth court system and called for a comprehensive review of all state laws related to child protection and foster care under the jurisdiction of youth courts.

Chief Justice calls for statewide county court system
December 19, 2013

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. and the Commission on Children’s Justice are calling for legislation to create a statewide county court system.

Court language interpreter seminar set for January 9-10
December 2, 2013

The Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts will conduct an Ethics and Skill Building Seminar for individuals interested in becoming court interpreters on January 9-10, 2014, at the Gartin Justice Building, 450 High Street in Jackson. Seminar presentations are scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the first floor training room.

Lauderdale County Bar to hear e-filing presentation Dec. 4
November 20, 2013

Mississippi Electronic Courts Director Lisa Counts and MEC Counsel Clint Pentecost will discuss Lauderdale County’s implementation of an electronic filing system for court records during a Lauderdale County Bar Association meeting at noon Dec. 4 at Weidmann’s in Meridian.

Court of Appeals to visit Mississippi State University Nov. 20
November 12, 2013

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the campus of Mississippi State University at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 20. A three-member panel of the court will convene at the Hunter Henry Center on the Starkville campus to hear two criminal appeals.

Legislators from other states visit model Rankin Juvenile Justice Center
October 17, 2013

Twenty-seven legislators from across the country visited the Rankin County Juvenile Justice Center Oct. 17. Legislators from as far away as Alaska and Puerto Rico came to learn about a model program that provides days packed with activities and classroom instruction and little time spent in a cell.

Court of Appeals to visit USM Oct. 3
October 1, 2013

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 3. A three-member panel of the court will convene at the Thad Cochran Center at 118 College Drive in Hattiesburg.

Hinds Circuit and County Courts to begin e-filing Oct. 1
September 26, 2013

Hinds Circuit Court and Hinds County Court will begin accepting voluntary electronic filing of court documents in civil cases on Oct. 1, according to an order signed this week by Senior Circuit Judge Tomie Green. E-filing will become mandatory on Nov. 1 in civil cases.

Aug. 13 law student orientation to emphasize ethics, professionalism
August 12, 2013

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will emphasize ethics and professionalism in his Aug. 13 address to law students entering Mississippi College School of Law.

Arthur Johnston, Lee Westbrook receive Chief Justice Award
July 18, 2013

Madison County Chancery Clerk Arthur S. Johnston and Circuit Clerk Lee Westbrook are recipients of the 2013 Chief Justice Award.

E-filing begins July 1 for Supreme Court, Court of Appeals
June 6, 2013

The Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will begin accepting electronic filing of briefs and motions July 1.

Chancery Court addresses access to justice for the poor in Lauderdale, Clarke counties
May 29, 2013

Chancery Judge Larry Primeaux and a dozen local lawyers are working to find ways to provide civil legal assistance to low income people in Lauderdale and Clarke counties.

Drug Court conference to be held in Tunica May 22-24
May 15, 2013

The volatile combinations of drug abuse, mental illness and family violence are among topics to be discussed at the Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference, which will be held May 22-24 at Harrah’s Conference Center in Tunica.

Commission on the Status of Women honors Judge Carlton, former Judge Payne
May 10, 2013

Judge Virginia Carlton of Jackson and former Judge Mary Libby Payne of Pearl were among outstanding women honored Thursday, May 9, by the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women.

Court of Appeals to convene at William Carey University April 25
April 22, 2013

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the campus of William Carey University at 11 a.m. April 25. A three-judge panel of the court will convene at the Smith Auditorium in Thomas Fine Arts Center on the Hattiesburg campus.

Judges Chamberlin, Clark and Helfrich appointed to Drug Courts Advisory Committee
April 10, 2013

Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. has appointed Circuit Judges Robert P. Chamberlin, Roger T. Clark and Robert Helfrich to the State Drug Courts Advisory Committee.

The Rules Committee on the Legal Profession seeks comments from the bench, the bar and the public on the proposed amendments to Rules of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance.
April 4, 2013

RULES OF THE MISSISSIPPI COMMISSION ON JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE

Hinds Chancery Court begins accepting e-filing
April 3, 2013

Hinds Chancery Court began accepting electronically filed documents today, April 3. E-filing will become mandatory June 1 in Hinds Chancery Court, according to an order signed today by Senior Chancery Judge Denise Owens.

Legal assistance offered April 16 in DeSoto County family law cases
April 2, 2013

A legal clinic scheduled for April 16 in Hernando will assist low income people with irreconcilable differences divorces, child support or custody modifications, name changes and other similar cases in DeSoto County Chancery Court.

E-filing mandatory in Grenada, Holmes, Rankin, Yazoo Chancery Courts
April 2, 2013

Grenada County Chancery Court is the most recent of eight counties utilizing electronic filing of court records. E-filing became mandatory on March 18 in Grenada County Chancery Court.

Fifth Circuit District Drug Court completes statewide system
February 28, 2013

The creation of a drug court for the Fifth Circuit Court District completes statewide coverage of drug courts in Mississippi. All 22 Circuit Court districts now operate drug courts.

Legal representation provided for low income parents in Adams, Forrest, Harrison and Rankin counties
February 25, 2013

Youth Courts in Adams, Forrest, Harrison and Rankin counties are participating in a pilot program which provides free legal representation for low-income parents in Youth Court hearings in which allegations of abuse or neglect could result in court-ordered removal of children from parents’ custody.

Investiture of Justice Josiah Coleman set for Feb. 26
February 21, 2013

An investiture ceremony for Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Josiah D. Coleman will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Lafayette County Courthouse in Oxford.

Chief Justice Waller thanks Chancery Clerks for aiding Webster County
February 13, 2013

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. on Feb. 12 praised public officials who came to the aid of Webster County. When a Jan. 17 fire heavily damaged the Webster County Courthouse in Walthall, officials from around the state reached out immediately to help

Former Court of Appeals Judge William Myers died February 7
February 8, 2013

Retired Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge William Harbin Myers, 71, of Ocean Springs died Feb. 7, 2013.

Webster County thanks citizens for patience, other officials for help
January 28, 2013

Webster County residents paid taxes and attorneys filed court documents Monday morning in Eupora as county government offices reopened in temporary facilities for the first time after a Jan. 17 fire heavily damaged the County Courthouse in Walthall.

Webster County government offices will reopen Jan. 28
January 24, 2013

Webster County government offices displaced by a fire will open to the public with limited services at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 28, at 16 East Fox Avenue in Eupora.

Former Coahoma County Court Judge Joe Webster died Jan. 16
January 17, 2013

An investiture ceremony for Court of Appeals Judge Ceola James will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Gartin Justice Building, 450 High Street in Jackson.

E-filing soon to be mandatory in Rankin Chancery Court
January 16, 2013

Electronic filing of court records will become mandatory in Rankin County Chancery Court on Feb. 4. Rankin Chancery Court began accepting voluntary e-filing Jan. 2.

Investiture ceremony for Judge Ceola James set for Jan. 16
January 8, 2013

An investiture ceremony for Court of Appeals Judge Ceola James will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Gartin Justice Building, 450 High Street in Jackson.

Justices Coleman, Randolph, King to take oaths of office Jan. 7
January 2, 2013

New Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Josiah Dennis Coleman of Toccopola will take the oath of office at 10 a.m. Jan. 7 in the second floor Supreme Court En Banc Courtroom at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson. A formal investiture ceremony will be scheduled later.