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

Supreme Court Clerk Betty Sephton to retire

April 6, 2009

Mississippi Supreme Court Clerk Betty Sephton of Brandon will retire May 31 after 29 years of public service. She has worked for the court for 19 years, including eight and one-half years as Clerk of the Courts.

The office of the Clerk of the Courts is the repository of records of the Mississippi Supreme Court and the Mississippi Court of Appeals. The Clerk of the Courts is appointed by the Supreme Court and is responsible for managing the administrative activities of the clerk’s office and overseeing the performance of the office.

Chief Justice William L. Waller Jr. praised Sephton’s work. “Betty Sephton provided outstanding leadership and dedication as the Clerk of Courts during a critical period that included computerization of court records, a move to the new Gartin Justice Building and record recovery following a flood. Mrs. Sephton’s tenure as Clerk provided exceptional service and accurate and timely record management for the public, Bar and the judiciary,” Chief Justice Waller said.

Sephton said, “It’s been a wonderful experience working for the Court. My greatest pleasure has been my service to the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. I have respect for the court and know there is strong, good leadership in place.”

She added, “I have some sadness at leaving, but it’s my time to enjoy my retirement years.”

She looks forward to spending time with her granddaughter, and eagerly awaits the birth of a second grandchild late this summer.

Before becoming Clerk of the Court, Sephton was judicial assistant to former Chief Justice Roy Noble Lee, to former Justice James W. Smith Jr. before he became Chief Justice, and to former Chief Justice Lenore Prather.

She previously worked for 10 years at other state agencies, including the Department of Health, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and the Leake County office of the Department of Human Services.