Mississippi Courts Newsletter

Mississippi Courts -October 2017
Chief Justice of the U.S. helps celebrate Mississippi Judiciary Bicentennial

The Chief Justice of the United States John G. Roberts, Jr., helped the bench and bar celebrate the Bicentennial of the Mississippi Judiciary on Sept. 27.

Mississippi Courts -April 2017
Legislature allocates funds for indigent parent representation

The 2017 Mississippi Legislature appropriated $200,000 to the Office of the State Public Defender to pay for indigent parent representation.

Mississippi Courts -October 2016
ReNewMS child abuse prevention program launched

Parents’ drug abuse is responsible for much of the child abuse and neglect that results in removal of children to foster care.

Mississippi Courts -April 2016
Governor signs juvenile detention licensing, TPR bills

Gov. Phil Bryant on April 18 signed into law the Termination of Parental Rights Act and the Juvenile Detention Licensing Act.

Mississippi Courts - October 2015
Juror no-shows prompt public education campaign

WINGS, the Working Interdisciplinary Network ofGuardianship Stakeholders, met on Sept. 18 to begin work toward improving the way Mississippi protects vulnerable adults.

Mississippi Courts - April 2015
Tallahatchie County Courthouse restoration finished

The bench is tiny, and the jury room has two doors, one wooden and the second a screen door. When juries deliberated in the days before air conditioning, the judge would clear the courtroom and open the wood door on the jury room to bring in a breeze, leaving only the screen door to keep out the mosquitoes.

Mississippi Courts - October 2014

Juror no-shows prompt public education campaign

A decline in turnout for jury service has prompted Bolivar County officials to undertake a campaign to educate the community.

Mississippi Courts - April 2014

Federal and state officials organize Reentry Council

Officials spanning the spec-trum of the criminal justice system as well as religious and civil liberties organizations began work in December on a program to help former in-mates become productive, law abiding citizens and to reduce prison recidivism.

Mississippi Courts - October 2013
Rankin Juvenile Justice Center model for other states

Twenty-seven legislators from across the country visited the Rankin County Juvenile Justice Center in Pelahatchie 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.

Mississippi Courts - April 2013

Federal and state officials organize Reentry Council

Officials spanning the spec-trum of the criminal justice system as well as religious and civil liberties organizations began work in December on a program to help former in-mates become productive, law abiding citizens and to reduce prison recidivism.

Mississippi Courts - October 2012

Plain language model jury instructions completed

A group of judges, lawyers and legal scholars recently completed more than three years of work drafting plain language jury instructions which will be easier for jurors to understand.

Mississippi Courts - April 2012
Federal and state officials organize Reentry Council


Officials spanning the spectrum of the criminal justice system as well as religious and civil liberties organizations began work in December on a program to help former in-mates become productive, law abiding citizens and to reduce prison recidivism.

Mississippi Courts - October 2011
Justice Scalia helps dedicate Gartin Justice Building

The Mississippi Supreme Court is the most important court in the day to day affairs of the citizens of the state, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said at the dedication of the new Carroll Gartin Justice Building.
Mississippi Courts - April 2011
Justice Leslie King appointed to Supreme Court

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Leslie D. King at his April 13 investiture said that his legislative and judicial career reflects progress the state of Mississippi has made.

Mississippi Courts - October 2010
Commission on Children’s Justice reestablished

A diverse group of judges, educators and child welfare professionals met July 29 in Jackson to organize a study of the juvenile justice system.

Mississippi Courts - April 2010
Study Committee recommends revisions to Canons

A committee of judges and lawyers has recommended revisions to the Mississippi Code of Judicial Conduct.
Mississippi Courts - August 2009
Electronic filing pilot project goes online

Court documents began being filed electronically in Madison County Chancery Court on July 22. The Mississippi Electronic Courts (MEC) system pilot project will soon expand to Scott and Warren County Chancery Courts.
Mississippi Courts - February 2009
Chief Justice Waller: Team effort to promote efficiency, fairness

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice William L. Waller Jr. said he will strive to promote efficiency and fairness in the administration of justice.
Mississippi Courts - July 2008
Water damages Gartin Justice Building

Repairs continue at the new Gartin Justice Building after a sprinkler caused widespread flooding in the early morning hours of May 7.