Retired Judge John Price appointed to assist Warren County Court
July 31, 2020
Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph on July 31 appointed retired County Court Judge John S. Price Jr. of Vicksburg to assist the Warren County Court in handling the backlog of cases that have resulted from delays caused by COVID-19.
Warren County Court Judge Marcie T. Southerland requested appointment of a special judge on a temporary basis.
More special judges are expected to be appointed to temporarily assist judges in districts across the state. Five special judges have been appointed in Hinds County in recent days. A special judge was appointed on July 30 in the 16th Chancery Courts of Jackson, George and Greene counties. A special judge was appointed on July 31 in the 21st Circuit Court of Holmes, Humphreys and Yazoo counties. Other judges around the state have requested special judge appointments.
Chief Justice Randolph said that COVID-19 has presented a multitude of challenges to the prompt and efficient administration of justice. The disruption caused by COVID-19 required an untold number of court case continuances since it was declared a national emergency on March 13. It is estimated that as many as 30,000 cases may have been affected.
The Mississippi Legislature appropriated $2.5 million of CARES Act money to assist the courts. Special judges to be appointed around the state will be paid with CARES Act funds which will be available through Dec. 30, 2020.
Judge Price retired from the Warren County Court on Dec. 31, 2018, after 16 years of service as County Court and Youth Court judge. He was Warren County prosecutor for 13 years. He also served as Vicksburg city prosecutor and Vicksburg municipal judge pro tem. He has 37 years of public service.
Here is the link to the special judge appointment order for Judge Price: https://courts.ms.gov/appellatecourts/docket/sendPDF.php?f=700_507559.pdf&c=92331&a=N&s=2.