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Free family law clinic offered March 1 in Jackson
February 23, 2024

A free family law clinic is scheduled for March 1, 9 a.m. to noon on the Third Floor of the Hinds County Chancery Court, 316 South President Street in Jackson.

Court of Appeals to convene at Mississippi University for Women
February 9, 2024

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene in Cochran Hall on the campus of Mississippi University for Women in Columbus on Feb. 21 at 11 a.m. to hear oral arguments in an appeal.

State Librarian Stephen Parks sworn in for third term
January 26, 2024

State Librarian Stephen Parks of Jackson was elected to his third term on Jan. 4 during a joint session of the Mississippi House of Representatives and the Mississippi Senate.

Pro Bono Awards recognize efforts to improve access to justice
January 23, 2024

Four judges of the Hinds Chancery Court were recently honored by the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project for their work assisting poor people to gain access to justice.

Supreme Court makes appointments to Bar Complaint Tribunal
January 19, 2024

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed Circuit Judge Dal Williamson of Laurel to the Bar Complaint Tribunal.

Circuit Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald IV of Picayune died on Jan. 1, 2024
January 3, 2024

Circuit Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald IV of Picayune died on Jan. 1, 2024, at Forrest General Hospital. He was 75.

Retired Chancellor Franklin McKenzie died December 29
December 29, 2023

Retired Chancellor Franklin C. McKenzie Jr. of Laurel died on Dec. 29 at Forrest General Hospital. He was 77.

Judge Kent McDaniel takes oath as Rankin County Youth Court Judge
December 28, 2023

Judge Kent McDaniel took the oath of office on Dec. 28 to continue his work as Rankin County Youth Court Judge.

Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel to take oath on December 28
December 21, 2023

Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel will take the oath of office to continue his work as Youth Court judge at 10 a.m. Dec. 28. Judge McDaniel will be sworn in along with other Rankin County officials.

Retired Circuit Judge William A. Gowan died December 20
December 21, 2023

Retired Circuit Judge William A. Gowan died Dec. 20 after a fall outside a business near his Madison home. He was 81.

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Robertson died Dec. 10
December 12, 2023

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James Lawton Robertson died of cancer on December 10, 2023, at his Jackson home, surrounded by his family. He was 83.

Presiding Justice King honored by National Judicial College
December 11, 2023

The National Judicial College honored Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice Leslie D. King of Greenville as one of its 60 Courageous Judges.

Judge Teeuwissen takes oath as Hinds County Court Judge
December 5, 2023

Colleagues and friends called newly appointed Hinds County Court Judge Pieter Teeuwissen a visionary problem solver with a long record of public service.

Court foreign language interpreter seminar set for December 14-15 in Jackson
November 30, 2023

The Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts is seeking bilingual speakers willing to train and qualify as credentialed court interpreters.

Hinds County Youth Court serves early Thanksgiving lunches to families
November 22, 2023

The Hinds County Youth Court provided Thanksgiving meals on Wednesday to about 75 people in a dozen families who were recently reunited through court proceedings.

Chancellors, Circuit and County Court Judges elect conference officers
November 16, 2023

Chancellor Cynthia Brewer of Madison was recently elected as chair of the Conference of Chancery Court Judges. Chancellor Troy Odom of Brandon was elected vice-chair, and Chancellor Larry Little of Oxford was re-elected secretary-treasurer.

Judge Deborah McDonald honored with Pathfinder Award
November 7, 2023

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Deborah McDonald of Fayette was recently honored by the Mississippi Center for Justice with its Pathfinder Award.

Court of Appeals to convene at Mississippi State University on Nov. 16
November 6, 2023

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene at Mississippi State University to hear an appeal on Nov. 16.

Judge Latrice Westbrooks named Outstanding Alumna by Austin Peay State University
November 6, 2023

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Latrice A. Westbrooks of Lexington was recently honored by Austin Peay State University as one of its Outstanding Alumna.

Retired Circuit Judge Andrew Baker died Oct. 31
November 1, 2023

Retired Circuit Judge Andrew C. Baker died on Oct. 31 at his home in Charleston. He was 87.

Katharine Surkin to become director of Administrative Office of Courts
October 26, 2023

Katharine McKee Surkin of Madison will become director of the state Administrative Office of Courts on Nov. 1.

Court of Appeals to visit Rust College on Nov. 2
October 18, 2023

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene on the campus of Rust College on Nov. 2.

Court of Appeals to convene at University of Mississippi School of Law
October 16, 2023

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene at the University of Mississippi School of Law to hear two cases on Oct. 18.

Supreme Court, Mississippi Bar hold memorial service
October 11, 2023

The Mississippi Supreme Court and the Mississippi Bar on Oct. 10 honored the lives and service of 91 lawyers who died during the past year.

Youth Court Judge Michael Dickinson honored for work with adoption
September 20, 2023

Harrison County Court and Youth Court Judge Michael Dickinson of Gulfport has been selected as an Angels in Adoption Honoree by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute.

Supreme Court makes appointments to Bar Complaint Tribunal
September 6, 2023

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed three new members to the Bar Complaint Tribunal, and reappointed three members. New appointees include Circuit Judge Carol White-Richard of Greenville, Workers Compensation Commission Administrative Law Judge Jennifer F. Nicaud of Pass Christian and attorney Leo J. Carmody of Oxford.

Commission on a Uniform Youth Court System begins work
August 31, 2023

Circuit Judge Brad A. Touchstone of Purvis was elected on Aug. 31 as chairman of the Mississippi Commission on a Uniform Youth Court System and Procedures. Lee County Court Judge Staci Bevill of Tupelo was elected vice-chair and Madison County Court Judge Staci O’Neal of Madison was elected secretary during the Commission’s organizational meeting on Aug. 31 at the Capitol.

Judge Trent Favre named as Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation
August 7, 2023

Hancock County Court Judge S. Trent Favre of Kiln was recently named as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.

Judge Faye Peterson named as Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation
August 7, 2023

Hinds Circuit Court Judge Eleanor Faye Peterson of Jackson was recently named as a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.

Indian Child Welfare Act Conference set for August 9 at Choctaw
August 7, 2023

The eleventh annual Indian Child Welfare Act Conference will be held Aug. 9 at the Silver Star Convention Center at Choctaw.

Justice Jimmy Maxwell named a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation
August 3, 2023

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jimmy Maxwell of Oxford was named a Fellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation and was inducted July 18, 2023, at the Mississippi Bar Convention in Biloxi.

Senior Status Judge Betty Sanders receives Chief Justice Award
July 25, 2023

Senior Status Judge Betty W. Sanders of Greenwood is the recipient of the 2023 Chief Justice Award.

Mississippi Bar honors Chief Justice Mike Randolph with Judicial Excellence Award
July 25, 2023

Chief Justice Mike Randolph of Hattiesburg was honored with the 2023 Judicial Excellence Award on July 20.

Free family law clinic offered August 4 in Jackson
July 24, 2023

A free family law clinic is scheduled for Aug. 4, 9 a.m. to noon on the Third Floor of the Hinds County Chancery Court, 316 South President Street in Jackson.

Free family law clinics set for residents of 14th Chancery District
July 12, 2023

Low income residents of Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Webster counties may receive free civil legal assistance at two family law clinics scheduled for July 21 and Aug. 4

Supreme Court appoints four new members to Access to Justice Commission, reappoints three
July 11, 2023

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently appointed four new members to the Access to Justice Commission and reappointed three members.

New law strengthens access to court language interpreters; training scheduled for Aug. 3-4 in Jackson
July 10, 2023

The 2023 Mississippi Legislature revised laws requiring language interpreters for people of limited English proficiency in court proceedings to provide broader access to assistance for people who don’t understand English.

Four appointed to Board of Certified Court Reporters
June 15, 2023

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed a new member to the Board of Certified Court Reporters and reappointed three members.

Chancellor Amanda Trawick Rainey will be sworn in June 16 in Meridian
June 14, 2023

Newly appointed Chancellor Amanda Trawick Rainey will be sworn in on Friday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at the Lauderdale County Courthouse in Meridian.

Retired Major General and Chancellor T. K. Moffett died June 5
June 7, 2023

Retired Major General and Chancellor T. K. Moffett died June 5 at the Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. He was 73.

Supreme Court appoints Judge Faye Peterson to Complaint Tribunal
June 6, 2023

The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed Circuit Judge Faye Peterson of Jackson to the Bar Complaint Tribunal on June 5.

Supreme Court appoints Nicholas Thompson to Advisory Committee on Rules
June 6, 2023

The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed attorney Nicholas K. Thompson of Hattiesburg to the Advisory Committee on Rules on June 1.

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Kay Cobb died May 26
May 27, 2023

Retired Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice Kay B. Cobb died on May 26 at her home in Lenoir City, Tenn. She was 81. A memorial service will be held later. A date has not been announced.

Gov. Tate Reeves to speak to Fifteenth Circuit Intervention Court graduates on June 9
May 25, 2023

Gov. Tate Reeves will be the keynote speaker at a graduation ceremony for the Fifteenth Circuit Intervention Court on June 9 at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held at Main Street Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

Rankin County Court Judge Thomas Broome died May 21
May 21, 2023

Rankin County Court and Youth Court Judge Thomas H. Broome of Brandon died Sunday, May 21. He was 57.

Hinds County Court Judge LaRita Cooper-Stokes died May 8
May 9, 2023

Hinds County Court Judge LaRita Cooper-Stokes died on May 8. She was 64.

Retired DeSoto County Court Judge Mills Barbee died on April 11
April 13, 2023

Retired DeSoto County Court Judge Mills Barbee died on April 11. He passed away surrounded by loved ones in the same house in Hernando where he was raised, and where he raised his daughters. He was 77.

Investiture ceremony set for April 13 for Chancellor Chase Ford Morgan
April 11, 2023

An investiture ceremony for recently elected 10th District Chancellor Chase Ford Morgan will be held on Thursday, April 13 at 2 p.m. in the Circuit Courtroom at the Forrest County Courthouse, 630 Main Street in Hattiesburg.

Mississippi drug intervention courts reach milestone of 10,000 graduates
March 22, 2023

Drug intervention courts in Mississippi marked a milestone of 10,000 graduates in March 2023 after years of offering life-changing programs for people struggling with drug addiction.

Court of Appeals to visit Mississippi Valley State University March 23
February 28, 2023

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene on the campus of Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena on March 23.

Judge Primeaux will retire March 31
February 27, 2023

Chancellor Lawrence Primeaux of Meridian has announced that he will retire on March 31.

Investiture ceremony for Judge Brad Touchstone is January 27
January 18, 2023

An investiture ceremony for new 15th District Circuit Judge Brad Touchstone will be held on Jan. 27 at 11 a.m. at the Lamar County Courthouse, 203 Main Street in Purvis.

Jan. 20 family law clinic open to residents of Madison, Holmes, Leake and Yazoo counties
January 17, 2023

A free civil legal clinic will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, in Canton for residents of Madison, Holmes, Leake and Yazoo counties. The clinic will be at the Madison County Chancery Court at 146 West Center Street in Canton.

Five Mental Health Treatment Court pilot programs underway
January 17, 2023

Five Mental Health Treatment Court pilot programs have recently been created, Chief Justice Mike Randolph told a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary A Committees at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

Court language interpreter seminar set for March 9-10 in Jackson
January 11, 2023

The Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts is seeking bilingual speakers willing to train and qualify as credentialed court interpreters.

Judge William Andrews appointed as Special Judge for Lamar County Court
December 28, 2022

Retired Lamar County Court Judge William E. “Billy” Andrews III will return to the County Court bench as a special judge.

Hinds Circuit, Chancery and County judges to be sworn in December 29
December 27, 2022

Hinds County judges will take their oaths of office at a swearing-in ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m. Dec. 29 in Courtroom No. 1 on the second floor of the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson.

Leflore County Court Judge James Littleton to take oath Dec. 29
December 21, 2022

An investiture ceremony for new Leflore County Court Judge James Littleton will be held Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. at the Leflore County Courthouse in Greenwood.

Mississippi Court of Appeals judges take oaths to begin new terms
December 16, 2022

Four members of the Mississippi Court of Appeals took the oath of office before a gathering of their colleagues, family and staff on Dec. 15 in Jackson.

Bolivar County Court Judge Aelicia Thomas to take oath Dec. 30
December 16, 2022

An investiture ceremony for new Bolivar County Court Judge Aelicia L. Thomas will be held Dec. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Bolivar County Courthouse in Cleveland.

Circuit Judge Alan “Devo” Lancaster to take oath Jan. 3
December 16, 2022

An investiture ceremony for new Circuit Judge Alan D. “Devo” Lancaster will be held Jan. 3 at 2 p.m. at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Winona.

Circuit Judge Carmen Brooks Drake to take oath Dec. 29
December 15, 2022

An investiture ceremony for new Sixth District Circuit Judge Carmen Brooks Drake will be held Dec. 29 at 11 a.m. on the second floor of the Adams County Courthouse in Natchez.

Seven children adopted in Home for the Holidays ceremony
December 19, 2022

Four families and seven children began celebrating an extra special holiday season Monday in Hinds County Chancery Court as they finalized adoptions.

Judge Donna Barnes reappointed as Chief Judge of Mississippi Court of Appeals
December 14, 2022

Chief Judge Donna M. Barnes of Tupelo has been reappointed to lead the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

Supreme Court revises rule regarding admission to Mississippi Bar
December 14, 2022

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently revised the Rules Governing Admission to the Mississippi Bar to allow applicants to take the Bar Exam four times.

Pike County Court Judge David Lee Brewer to take oath Dec. 15
December 14, 2022

Newly elected Pike County Court Judge David Lee Brewer will be sworn in on Dec. 15 during a retire-ment party for his predecessor, Judge John Price. Judge Price will administer the oath.

Lee County Court Judge Stephen Spencer to take oath Dec. 22
December 12, 2022

An investiture ceremony for new Lee County Court Judge Stephen Spencer will be held Dec. 22 at 3 p.m. on the second floor of the Lee County Justice Center in Tupelo.

Chancellors, Circuit and County Court Judges elect conference officers
November 10, 2022

Chancellor Gerald Martin of Raleigh was recently elected as chair of the Conference of Chancery Court Judges. Chancellor Cynthia Brewer of Madison was elected vice-chair, and Chancellor Larry Little of Oxford was re-elected secretary-treasurer. Chancellor Crystal Wise Martin of Jackson was nominated to serve on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules.

Court of Appeals to visit MSU on Nov. 9, Rust College on Nov. 15
November 1, 2022

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene on the campus of Mississippi State University on Nov. 9 and at Rust College on Nov. 15.

Second chances mean new lives for Jones County intervention court participants
October 21, 2022

Eleven people who put their lives back together in the 18th District Drug Intervention Court told their stories of loss, despair, struggle and redemption on Oct. 18.

Court language interpreter seminar set for Nov. 2-4 in Jackson
October 18, 2022

The Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts is seeking bilingual speakers to interpret courtroom proceedings.

Supreme Court, Mississippi Bar conduct memorial service
October 12, 2022

The Mississippi Supreme Court and the Mississippi Bar on Oct. 11 honored the lives and service of 68 lawyers who died during the past year. The annual Bar Memorial Service was held in the En Banc Courtroom at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson, Chief Justice Mike Randolph presiding.

Three reappointed to Board of Bar Admissions
September 30, 2022

The Mississippi Supreme Court reappointed attorneys Marcie Fyke Baria of Bay St. Louis, Pieter Teeuwissen of Jackson and Gwendolyn Baptist-Rucker of Southaven to the Board of Bar Admissions on Sept. 21.

Four special judges appointed to assist Hinds Circuit Courts
September 22, 2022

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph has appointed four special judges to assist the Hinds County Circuit Court in reducing the number of pending cases caused by the pandemic.

Court of Appeals to visit four college campuses this fall
September 21, 2022

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene on four college campuses in September, October and November.

Language access coordinator joins court staff
September 19, 2022

The Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts recently employed a full-time language access coordinator to assist the courts in meeting the needs of people of limited English proficiency.

Supreme Court makes appointments to Bar Complaint Tribunal
September 9, 2022

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed four new members to the Bar Complaint Tribunal, and reappointed five members.

Nine graduate from Nineteenth Circuit Intervention Court
September 8, 2022

“Mommy!” a child exclaimed excitedly from the audience as intervention court graduates filed into Jackson County Circuit Court on the morning of Sept. 6 in Pascagoula.

Guardianship clinic provides help in 13th Chancery Court District
August 30, 2022

Forty-four people from across south central Mississippi recently received help with legal guardianships so that children can attend school and receive health care benefits.

Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals announce remote operations
August 29, 2022

The Mississippi Supreme Court received communications on Monday afternoon, Aug. 29, from the state Department of Finance and Administration and the State Personnel Board and reviewed announcements from the City of Jackson regarding water issues affecting the capital city.

After conferring with the Supreme Court Executive Committee and department heads, Chief Justice Mike Randolph announced that the Gartin Justice Building will temporarily operate with reduced staff on Tuesday. Most staff of the appellate courts and the Administrative Office of Courts will work remotely. No decision has been made as to how long the reduced staffing and remote operations will be necessary.

Supreme Court appoints three to Commission on Continuing Legal Education
August 5, 2022

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently made two new appointments and reappointed one member to the Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

Judges Schloegel, Terrett reappointed to Committee on Continuing Judicial Education
August 4, 2022

Chancellor Jennifer Schloegel of Gulfport and Circuit Judge Toni Walker Terrett of Vicksburg were reappointed on July 20 to the Committee on Continuing Judicial Education.

Supreme Court appoints eight members to Access to Justice Commission
August 3, 2022

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently appointed two new members to the Access to Justice Commission and reappointed six veteran members.

Court reporters graduate from inaugural PRCC program
August 1, 2022

Five newly trained stenographic court reporters graduated from Pearl River Community College’s inaugural program on Friday, July 29.

Judge Deborah Gambrell Chambers receives Judicial Excellence Award
July 18, 2022

Judge Deborah J. Gambrell Chambers of Hattiesburg received the 2022 Judicial Excellence Award on July 15.

Free family law clinics set for residents of 14th Chancery District
July 14, 2022

Low income residents of Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Webster counties may receive free civil legal assistance at family law clinics scheduled for July 29 and Aug. 5.

Five new stenographic court reporters to graduate July 29 in Hattiesburg
July 14, 2022

Pearl River Community College’s first class of stenographic court reporters will be honored at a ceremony to be held July 29 at 1 p.m. at the Forrest County Chancery Court at 641 Main Street in Hattiesburg.

Four appointed to Board of Certified Court Reporters
July 13, 2022

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed two new members to the Board of Certified Court Reporters and reappointed two members

Senior Status Judge James Bell receives Chief Justice Award
July 13, 2022

Senior Status Judge James D. Bell is the recipient of the 2022 Chief Justice Award.

Free family law clinic offered July 29 in Jackson
June 23, 2022

A free family law clinic is scheduled for July 29, 9 a.m. to noon on the Third Floor of the Hinds County Chancery Court, 316 South President Street in Jackson.

Free guardianship clinic offered July 19 in Gulfport
June 21, 2022

Qualifying residents of Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties may seek legal help to obtain guardianships of children during a free Guardianship Clinic scheduled for 1 p.m. July 19 at the Harrison County Courthouse, 1801 23rd Avenue in Gulfport. The clinic will be held in Chancery Courtroom 2.

Judge Henry Ross sworn in as Circuit Judge
June 6, 2022

Circuit Judge Henry Ross of Eupora was sworn in on June 6 to serve as a state trial court judge of the Fifth Circuit Court.

40 to graduate from Fifteenth Circuit Intervention Court on June 17
June 1, 2022

Forty people are expected to graduate from the Fifteenth Circuit Intervention Court during a ceremony at 10 a.m. June 17. The ceremony will be held at Resurrection Life Church, 795 Memorial Boulevard in Picayune.

Supreme Court honors Poplarville attorney Colette Oldmixon
May 27, 2022

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday, May 26, honored attorney Colette Oldmixon of Poplarville for 26 years of service on the Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Rules.

Retired Judge Jack B. Weldy died May 10
May 17, 2022

Former Circuit Judge and Supreme Court Magistrate Jack B. Weldy of Hattiesburg died May 10 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. He was 87.

E-mail Spoofing Alert
May 12, 2022

During the past two weeks, judges and court staff across the state have received numerous spoofing e-mails which may contain viruses or other malware. These spoofed e-mails did not originate from a court e-mail system.
If you receive a suspicious e-mail, DO NOT open any attachment or link, as doing so may compromise your computer. Report the suspicious e-mail to your local IT staff.
Spoofing uses the names of individuals and previously received email content whom e-mail recipients are likely to recognize so that recipients are more likely to open the e-mail and attachments. However, the sender’s e-mail address is not that of the person listed. Some of the suspicious e-mails refer to an archive file or request a summary of payments. Some include language which asks the recipient to open an attachment, and provide what purports to be a password. Do not open attachments in any e-mail that looks suspicious.

Judges Mozingo, Williamson and Irving elected to Circuit Conference leadership
May 4, 2022

Circuit Judge Tony Mozingo of Oak Grove was recently elected chair of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges. Circuit Judge Dal Williamson of Laurel was elected Conference vice-chair, and Circuit Judge Tomika Irving of Fayette was elected secretary-treasurer.

Circuit Judge George Mitchell of Eupora died April 19
April 19, 2022

Circuit Judge George M. Mitchell Jr. of Eupora died on Tuesday, April 19, at a hospital in Northport, Ala., after surgery on April 18. He was 77.

Judge Virginia Carlton congratulates teens for completing drug court program
April 12, 2022

Mississippi Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Virginia Carlton congratulated three teens who graduated from the Pike County Juvenile Intervention Court.

Chief Justice Randolph to speak to Columbus Rotary Club April 5
April 4, 2022

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph will speak to the Columbus Rotary Club on April 5 at noon. The Rotary Club will meet at the Lion Hills Center at 2331 Military Road in Columbus.

Hinds Circuit Drug Intervention Court graduation set for March 1
February 25, 2022

The Hinds Circuit Drug Intervention Court will hold its 47th graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1. The ceremony will be held on the second floor of the Hinds County Courthouse at 407 East Pascagoula Street in Jackson.

Chief Justice Randolph to speak to Starkville Rotary Club Feb. 7
February 1, 2022

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph will speak to the Starkville Rotary Club on Feb. 7 at noon. The Rotary Club will meet at noon at the Hilton Garden Inn in Starkville.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-27
January 27, 2022

From the onset ofthe national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) in March 2020, the Court has issued a series of Emergency Administrative Orders to address the changing circumstances and the evolving guidance provided by health authorities.

Chief Justice extends emergency order regarding COVID-19 through February
January 27, 2022

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued an emergency order on Jan. 27 extending the time for COVID-19 safeguards in all courts for another month and giving individual judges discretion to postpone jury trials scheduled through Feb 25.

Retired Circuit Judge Robert Kenneth Coleman died Jan. 25
January 27, 2022

Retired Circuit Judge Robert Kenneth Coleman of New Albany died on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Magnolia at the Commons in Oxford, Mississippi. He was 85.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-26
January 11, 2022

From the onset ofthe national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) in March 2020, the Court has issued a series of Emergency Administrative Orders to address the changing circumstances and the evolving guidance provided by health authorities.

Chief Justice extends emergency order regarding COVID-19
January 11, 2022

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued an emergency order on Jan. 11 extending the time for COVID-19 safeguards in all courts and giving individual judges discretion to postpone jury trials scheduled through Jan. 28.

Justice Kenny Griffis sworn in for new term
January 4, 2022

Chief Justice Mike Randolph swore in Associate Justice Kenny Griffis on Monday, Jan. 3, at the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-25
December 30, 2021

From the onset ofthe national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) in March 2020, the Court has issued a series of Emergency Administrative Orders to address the changing circumstances and the evolving guidance provided by health authorities.

Chief Justice issues emergency order regarding COVID-19
December 30, 2021

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued an emergency order on Thursday, Dec. 30, extending the time for COVID-19 safeguards in all courts and giving individual judges discretion to postpone jury trials scheduled through Jan. 14, 2022.

Needy Hinds County families receive Christmas food assistance
December 22, 2021

About 50 needy families received food boxes Wednesday afternoon from the Hinds County Youth Court and the Department of Child Protection Services.

Indian Child Welfare Act Conference to be held Feb. 16
December 22, 2021

Renowned Native American repatriation and child welfare advocate Sandy White Hawk will be the keynote speaker at the tenth annual Indian Child Welfare Act Conference, which will be held Feb. 16, 2022, at the Silver Star Convention Center in Choctaw, Mississippi.

Investiture of Justice Kenny Griffis set for Jan. 3 at Supreme Court
December 20, 2021

An investiture ceremony for Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Kenny Griffis is scheduled for Jan. 3, 2022, at 2:30 p.m. at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.

Adoptions finalized for 14 children in Hinds Chancery Court
December 13, 2021

Adoptions were finalized for 14 children on Monday in Hinds Chancery Court during a mass adoption ceremony.

Supreme Court appoints members of Judicial Election Oversight Committee
December 9, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently appointed nine members of the Judicial Election Oversight Committee.

SCAM alert: Callers falsely pitch scams regarding warrants, lawsuits, jury duty
December 3, 2021

Telephone scammers falsely claiming to be law enforcement or court officials have called residents in several areas of the state in recent weeks.

Supreme Court appoints new member to Advisory Committee on Rules, reappoints seven
November 30, 2021

Three judges and four attorneys have been reappointed to serve on the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules, and one new judge has been appointed.

Families of children under Hinds Youth Court supervision receive Thanksgiving meals
November 24, 2021

The Hinds County Youth Court and the Department of Child Protection Services partnered for the second year in a Home for the Holidays initiative to provide meals for families whose children are under the court’s supervision for abuse, neglect or delinquency.

Five judges appointed to Committee on Continuing Judicial Education
November 23, 2021

Chief Justice Mike Randolph recently reappointed Supreme Court Justice James D. Maxwell II of Oxford and Court of Appeals Judge Deborah A. McDonald of Fayette to the Committee on Continuing Judicial Education.

Supreme Court makes appointments to Bar Complaint Tribunal
November 23, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed three new members to the Bar Complaint Tribunal and reappointed three members.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-24
November 18, 2021

Before the Court is the Petition of the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education ("the Commission") to temporarily "waive the in-person requirement for attorneys' continuing legal education obligation for the 2021-2022 reporting year so that attorneys will be allowed to earn CLE credits in the method of their choosing, either online, webinars or live, in-person programs."

Adoption celebration set for Nov. 13 in Tupelo
November 10, 2021

Adoptive families from across North Mississippi will gather at the Lee County Justice Center in Tupe-lo for a celebration on Saturday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m.

Investiture ceremony held for Rankin County Court Judge David Morrow
November 10, 2021

Rankin County Court Judge David L. Morrow Jr. said that he will seek God’s guidance and surround himself with a team of good people.

Chief Justice Randolph to speak to Meridian Rotary Club Nov. 10
November 8, 2021

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph will speak to the Meridian Rotary Club on Nov. 10 at noon. The Rotary Club will meet at Northwood Country Club.

Chancellors, County Court Judges elect conference officers
November 2, 2021

Chancellor Robert G. Clark III of Lexington was elected Oct. 28 as chair of the Conference of Chancery Court Judges. Chancellor Gerald Martin of Raleigh was elected vice-chair, and Chancellor Larry Little of Oxford was re-elected secretary-treasurer.

Judge Hannan appointed to Commission on Judicial Performance
November 2, 2021

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph appointed Madison County Court Judge Edwin Hannan as an alternate member of the Commission on Judicial Performance on Nov. 1.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-23
October 13, 2021

From the onset of the national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) in March 2020, the Court has issued a series of Emergency Administrative Orders to address the changing circumstances and the evolving guidance provided by health authorities. In these Orders, the Court has sought to properly balance individual rights, public health and safety, and the constitutional requirement that Mississippi state courts remain open and accessible. See Miss. Const. art. 3, §§ 24-25.

Chief Justice issues emergency order regarding COVID-19
October 13, 2021

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued an emergency order on Wednesday, Oct. 13, extending the time for COVID-19 safeguards in all courts.

Supreme Court and Mississippi Bar hold memorial service
October 12, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court convened on Oct. 12 to honor the service of 103 members of the Mississippi Bar who died during the past year.

Supreme Court makes appointments to Commission on Children’s Justice
October 12, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently appointed new members to the Commission on Children’s Justice, in addition to reappointing members who presently serve.

U.S. Magistrate Judge John Gargiulo died on Oct. 3
October 4, 2021

U.S. Magistrate Judge John C. Gargiulo of Gulfport died on Oct. 3, 2021, of cancer. He was 54.

Supreme Court reappoints three to Board of Bar Admissions
October 1, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court reappointed three members to the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions. Attorneys J. William Manuel of Jackson, Walter Alan Davis of Oxford and Michael C. McCabe Jr. of Gulfport have been reappointed to three-year terms set to end Oct. 31, 2024.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-22
September 2, 2021

From the onset of the national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) in March 2020, the Court has issued a series of Emergency Administrative Orders to address the changing circumstances and the evolving guidance provided by health authorities. In these Orders, the Court has sought to properly balance individual rights, public health and safety, and the constitutional requirement that Mississippi state courts remain open and accessible. See Miss. Const. art. 3, §§ 24-25.

Chief Justice issues emergency order regarding COVID-19
September 2, 2021

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued an emergency order on Thursday, Sept. 2, extending the time for COVID-19 safeguards in all courts.

Judges seek public’s help in keeping courts open
September 2, 2021

The Mississippi Judiciary is collaborating with the Mississippi State Department of Health in a public health and safety awareness campaign regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel announces retirement
September 2, 2021

Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel announced that he will retire Sept. 30.

Retired Chancellor Norman L. Gillespie died August 29
September 1, 2021

Retired Chancellor Norman L. Gillespie died peacefully at his home in Oxford on Aug. 29. He was 87.

Retired Circuit Judge Michael Eubanks died August 21
August 27, 2021

Retired Circuit Judge Michael R. Eubanks of Lumberton died Aug. 21 at his home, surrounded by family, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 80.

Retired Chancellor Edward G. Cortright Jr. died August 11
August 13, 2021

Retired Chancery Judge Edward G. Cortright Jr. died Aug. 11. He was 94.

E-mail Scam Alert
August 9, 2021

State judges have reported receiving e-mail containing fake or fraudulent invoices claiming to be charges for Westlaw online legal research.

Hinds County Youth Court implements early truancy intervention
August 9, 2021

Hinds County Youth Court Judge Carlyn Hicks has created a truancy early intervention program that aims to identify kids who skip school and keep them in classes and out of trouble.

Chief Justice Randolph to administer professionalism oath to law students
August 9, 2021

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph will administer the Oath of Professionalism to new law students entering Mississippi College School of Law during an orientation program Aug. 10 at the campus in downtown Jackson.

Chief Justice issues emergency order regarding COVID-19
August 6, 2021

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued an emergency order on Thursday, Aug. 5, implementing COVID-19 safeguards in all courts in the state.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-21
August 5, 2021

From the onset of the national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) in March 2020, the Court has issued a series of Emergency Administrative Orders to address the changing circumstances and the evolving guidance provided by health authorities. In these Orders, the Court has sought to properly balance individual rights, public health and safety, and the constitutional requirement that Mississippi state courts remain open and accessible. See Miss. Const. art. 3, §§ 24-25.

New members appointed to Access to Justice Commission
August 4, 2021

Hancock County Court Judge Trent Favre, Harrison County Law Library Director Stephen T. Johnson and Jackson attorneys Cynthia Lee and Julian D. Miller have been appointed to the Access to Justice Commission. Hinds Chancery Judge Tiffany Grove of Raymond and Itawamba County Chancery Clerk Michelle Clouse of Fulton were reappointed to the Commission.

Four appointed to Board of Certified Court Reporters
August 4, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed two new members to the Board of Certified Court Reporters and reappointed two members.

Free family law clinic set for residents of Madison, Holmes, Leake and Yazoo counties
July 26, 2021

Low income residents of Madison, Holmes, Leake and Yazoo counties may receive free civil legal assistance at a family law clinic scheduled for Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Madison County Chancery Courthouse, 146 West Center Street in Canton.

Free family law clinics set for residents of 14th Chancery District
July 26, 2021

Low income residents of Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Webster counties may receive free civil legal assistance at family law clinics scheduled for Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.

Hinds Circuit Drug Court graduation set for July 28
July 26, 2021

Twenty-six people are expected to graduate from the Hinds Circuit Drug Intervention Court during a ceremony at 6 p.m. on July 28. The ceremony will be held on the second floor of the Hinds County Courthouse at 407 East Pascagoula Street in Jackson.

Chancellor Jacqueline Mask is recipient of Chief Justice Award
July 16, 2021

Chancellor Jacqueline Mask of Tupelo is this year’s recipient of the Chief Justice Award. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph will present the award today, July 16, at the Mississippi Bar Convention.

Free family law clinic offered July 30 in Jackson
July 13, 2021

A free Family Law Clinic is scheduled for July 30, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Third Floor of the Hinds County Chancery Court, 316 South President Street in Jackson.

Hinds Youth Court celebrates 185 children reunited with families
June 25, 2021

One hundred and eighty-five colorful balloons were released Friday morning, June 25, at the Hinds County Youth Court, each representing a child who has been reunited with family during the past year.

Task Force to study and recommend changes in domestic relations laws
June 23, 2021

The 2021 Legislature established a task force to study Mississippi’s domestic relations laws and to develop recommendations to the Legislature and the Mississippi Supreme Court for the purpose of revising Mississippi’s domestic relations laws and rules of court.

Mississippi makes improvements in access to justice
June 9, 2021

Mississippi has made great improvements in providing legal access for the poor in civil disputes, yet there is still much work to do, leaders of the Access to Justice Commission said at the Commission’s 15th Anniversary celebration on June 8.

Classes for stenographic court reporters scheduled for August at PRCC
June 8, 2021

The Courts of Mississippi are pleased to announce Pearl River Community College’s inaugural program for court reporters. Classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 6 at the Hattiesburg campus of Pearl River Community College.

Supreme Court reappoints three to Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
June 3, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court has reappointed attorneys Sam H. Buchanan of Hattiesburg, Elizabeth Lee Maron of Ridgeland and Robert Michael Tyner Jr. of Sumner to the Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

Access to Justice Commission celebrates 15 years of civil legal assistance
June 3, 2021

The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission on June 8 will celebrate 15 years of work to improve civil legal access for the poor. A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson.

Hinds Youth Intervention Court Celebrates Family Day
May 28, 2021

An aspiring chef, an artistic entrepreneur and a recent high school graduate were among the teens recognized Friday during Family Day at the Hinds County Youth Intervention Court.

Supreme Court appoints Richard Griffin as Marshal
May 26, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed Richard A. Griffin of Brandon as Marshal in charge of security for the Carroll Gartin Justice Building. The appointment is effective June 1.

Judges Luther, Mozingo and Williamson elected to Circuit Conference leadership
May 24, 2021

Circuit Judge Kelly Luther of Ripley was recently elected chair of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges. Circuit Judge Tony Mozingo of Oak Grove was elected vice-chair, and Circuit Judge Dal Williamson of Laurel was elected secretary-treasurer.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-20
May 20, 2021

Since the entry of the Court's first Emergency Administrative Order related to the national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 13, 2020, the Court has strived to balance individual rights, public health and safety, and the constitutional requirement that Mississippi state courts remain open and accessible. See Miss. Const. art 3, §§ 24-25. In doing so, the Court has monitored data provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) with respect to the impact of the pandemic on citizens of our state, along with the evolving guidelines issued by both the MSDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and has entered additional Orders as dictated by the changing circumstances.

Greg Snowden to become director of Administrative Office of Courts
May 14, 2021

Former House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden of Meridian will soon become director of the Administrative Office of Courts. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph said that the new director is expected to assume his duties before the start of the new fiscal year, July 1, 2021.

Presiding Judge Virginia Carlton honored with Rotary Champion of Change Award
May 11, 2021

Mississippi Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Virginia C. Carlton was honored with the Champion of Change Award presented by the Women in Rotary Committee of Rotary District 6820.

Judge Smith Murphey, Judge Stanley Sorey appointed to Commission on Judicial Performance
April 30, 2021

Chief Justice Mike Randolph has appointed Circuit Judge Smith Murphey V of Batesville as a member of the Commission on Judicial Performance and Judge Stanley A. Sorey of Raleigh as an alternate member.

Circuit Judge Brad Mills takes oath of office
April 23, 2021

Judge Brad Mills took the oath of office as the 20th Circuit’s newest judge on April 23.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-19
April 12, 2021

The Court continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and enters Orders as empirical data and changing circumstances dictate. The Court has reviewed regulations regarding travel restrictions in the United States of America.

Power of Hope training scheduled for April 13, 14 and 15 in Oxford, Pearl and Gulfport
April 9, 2021

Court Focused Training programs will be presented on April 13, 14 and 15 by Chan Hellman, Ph.D., a leading researcher in the power of hope to improve the lives of impoverished children and families who have experienced abuse and neglect.

Retired Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn died April 5
April 6, 2021

Retired Hinds County Circuit Judge L. Breland Hilburn of Jackson died Monday, April 5, at University of Mississippi Medical Center of complications from COVID-19. He was 79.

Circuit Judge Randi Mueller takes oath of office on March 11
March 12, 2021

Circuit Judge Randi P. Mueller was sworn in on Thursday, March 11, at a seaside pavilion in Gulfport before a crowd of judges, lawyers, civic leaders, family and friends.

Judge Matthew Sullivan, DA Christopher Hennis sworn in on March 5
March 9, 2021

A large crowd of people gathered in the parking lot outside the Smith County Courthouse in Raleigh on March 5 to watch new Circuit Judge Matthew G. Sullivan and new District Attorney Christopher D. Hennis take their oaths of office.

Judge John Emfinger appointed to Mississippi Court of Appeals
March 4, 2021

Gov. Tate Reeves appointed Judge John H. Emfinger of Brandon to the Mississippi Court of Appeals on March 3. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph swore in Judge Emfinger on the steps of the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson.

Supreme Court makes appointments to State Intervention Courts Advisory Committee
February 12, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently appointed Circuit Judge Robert P. Krebs of Pascagoula and Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Gary Young of Jackson to the State Intervention Courts Advisory Committee.

Circuit Judge Eddie Bowen died February 7
February 9, 2021

Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen of Raleigh died Sunday, Feb. 7, of complications from COVID-19. He was 71.

Virtual training in the power of hope scheduled for Jan. 26 and 27
January 21, 2021

Hope is the key to improving outcomes for children and families who have experienced abuse and neglect, says a researcher who works with victims of child maltreatment, domestic violence, homelessness and poverty.

Court of Appeals Judge Joel Smith takes oath
January 19, 2021

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Joel Smith of Gulfport said on Tuesday, Jan. 19, that he will devote all his energies to serving with honesty, fairness and integrity.

Chief Justice appoints chancellors to Commission on Judicial Performance
January 19, 2021

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph appointed Chancellor Jim Persons of Gulfport as a member of the Commission on Judicial Performance on Jan. 13. The Chief Justice appointed Chancellor Stephen T. Bailey of Tupelo as an alternate member of the judicial disciplinary body.

Court of Appeals Judge Joel Smith to be sworn in Jan. 19
January 14, 2021

Newly appointed Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Joel Smith Jr. of Gulfport will be sworn in at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.

Chief Justice makes appointments to Commission on Judicial Performance
January 8, 2021

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph appointed Pearl River County Court Judge Richelle Lumpkin as a member of the Commission on Judicial Performance on Jan. 7. The Chief Justice appointed Ran-kin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel as an alternate member of the judicial disciplinary body.

Chief Justice Randolph, Presiding Justice King and Justice Coleman sworn in to new terms
January 4, 2021

Chief Justice Mike Randolph, Presiding Justice Leslie D. King and Justice Josiah Dennis Coleman took the oath of office on Monday, Jan. 4, to begin their new terms.