Gartin Building Courtroom with the Great Seal of the State of Mississippi

Judge Harrison Investiture is Nov. 9

November 6, 2009

An investiture ceremony for Hinds County Circuit Judge Malcolm Harrison is scheduled for 9 a.m. Monday, Nov. 9, at the Hinds County Courthouse at 407 East Pascagoula Street in Jackson. The ceremony will be held in Courtroom No. 1 on the second floor, east wing.

Judge Harrison took the oath of office on Oct. 30 and began work on Nov. 2. It is traditional to have a formal investiture ceremony, including a ceremonial administering of the oath, at a later time. Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will administer the ceremonial oath.

Gov. Haley Barbour appointed Judge Harrison to fill the vacancy created by the July 30 resignation of former Circuit Judge Bobby DeLaughter. Judge Harrison will serve out the remainder of the term, which ends Jan. 3, 2011. The judgeship is in Subdistrict 4 on the Seventh Circuit Court of Hinds County.

Judge Harrison, 40, of Raymond, was elected in 1999 and took office in 2000 as Hinds County Prosecuting Attorney. He and a staff of four other attorneys handled all prosecutions in Hinds County Justice Court and Youth Court, and handled preliminary hearings in Hinds County Court and Jackson Municipal Court. He also maintained a private civil law practice, handling plaintiff personal injury litigation as well as insurance defense.

Judge Harrison, who grew up in Jackson, is a 1987 graduate of Provine High School. He graduated from Jackson State University in 1991 and earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in Birmingham in 1994. He was admitted to the practice of law in April 1995.

He served as president of the Magnolia Bar Association 2008-09. He was a member of the Secretary of State’s study committee on business courts and a member of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association. He was involved in the U.S. Attorney's Project Safe Neighborhood, Hinds County Auto Crimes Task Force, and Hinds County Criminal Justice Coordination Counsel.

He is chairman of the Board of Deacons at Farish Street Missionary Baptist Church. He and his wife, Tammiko, have two sons, ages 8 and 12.