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img AOC warning about spam e-mails
October 8, 2018

A rogue outfit has sent spam e-mails falsely claiming to come from the Administrative Office of Courts and Mississippi Electronic Courts.

Griffis to become next Chief Judge of Mississippi Court of Appeals
November 16, 2018

Judge T. Kenneth Griffis, Jr. will become the next Chief Judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals, Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. announced today.

Retired Judge Mary Libby Payne presents portrait to Court of Appeals
November 9, 2018

Retired Court of Appeals Judge Mary Libby Payne, who inspired and mentored several generations of lawyers, presented her portrait to the court in a ceremony on Nov. 8.

Chief Justice Waller announces he will retire January 31, 2019
November 9, 2018

Chief Justice William L. (Bill) Waller Jr. announced today that he will retire on January 31, 2019.

Chief Justice makes appointments to Commission on Judicial Performance
November 5, 2018

Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. has appointed Col. Silvanus Johnson of Brandon as a lay member of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance.

Supreme Court makes appointments to Bar Complaint Tribunal
November 5, 2018

The Mississippi Supreme Court has made three appointments to the Bar Complaint Tribunal.

Judge Howorth, Judge Sigalas appointed to Drug Courts Advisory Committee
November 5, 2018

Circuit Judge Andrew K. Howorth of Oxford and Jackson County Court Judge Sharon W. Sigalas of Pascagoula have been appointed to the State Drug Courts Advisory Committee.

Supreme Court makes appointments to Board of Bar Admissions
November 5, 2018

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed a new member to the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions and reappointed two members.

Retired Chancellor Woodrow W. Brand Jr. died Nov. 1
November 5, 2018

Retired Chancellor Woodrow Wilson Brand, Jr. of Houston died at his home on Nov. 1. He was 85.

Former Court of Appeals Judge James P. Brantley died Oct. 31
November 2, 2018

Former Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge James P. “Jim” Brantley of Madison died Oct. 31 in an accident at his home. He was 80.

Court of Appeals to visit three college campuses in November
November 1, 2018

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene on three college campuses in November. Three-judge panels will hear oral arguments at Rust College on Nov. 7, Alcorn State University on Nov. 13, and Mississippi State University on Nov. 14.

Forrest and Rankin counties to receive Safe Babies Court Team grants
November 1, 2018

Youth Courts in Forrest and Rankin counties have been approved for grants of $75,000 each to improve services for infants and toddlers.

Nov. 15 retirement ceremony to honor Chief Judge Lee
October 30, 2018

Chief Judge L. Joseph Lee of the Mississippi Court of Appeals will be honored at a retirement ceremo-ny scheduled for 2 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.

Judge Mary Libby Payne will unveil portrait Nov. 8
October 30, 2018

Retired Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Mary Libby Payne will present her portrait to the court in a ceremony scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 8.

Conference of Chancery Judges selects officers
October 30, 2018

Chancellor Lawrence Primeaux of Meridian was elected chair of Mississippi’s Conference of Chancery Judges on Oct. 25 at the Fall Trial and Appellate Judges Conference in Jackson.

Mission First Legal Aid honors pro bono volunteers
October 26, 2018

Retired Chancellor W. O. “Chet” Dillard of Clinton gave free legal advice to help the poor, and continued his work at Mission First Legal Aid even as illness claimed his voice.

Family First Initiative meeting to be held Oct. 9 in Jackson
October 3, 2018

The Family First Initiative Metro Advisory Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson to discuss a pilot program aimed at preventing child neglect and reducing the number of children who are placed in foster care.

Family First Initiative metro area meetings set
September 19, 2018

The Family First Initiative Metro Advisory Council has scheduled three meetings to discuss a pilot program aimed at preventing child neglect and reducing the number of children who are removed from their homes and placed in foster care.

Court language interpreter seminar scheduled Sept. 19-20 in Jackson
September 14, 2018

The Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts will introduce bilingual speakers to the requirements for court interpreting during a seminar scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Jackson.

Portrait unveiling celebrates Justice Kay Cobb as trailblazer
September 10, 2018

Colleagues and friends celebrated former Justice Kay Cobb’s trail-blazing impact on women in the legal profession as they gathered Sept. 6, 2018, to hang her portrait at the Mississippi Supreme Court.

1902-1903 Mississippi Bench and Bar Composite donated to Supreme Court
September 7, 2018

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Sept. 5, 2018, received for display a historic photo composite of the 1902 and 1903 Mississippi Bench and Bar.

Family First Initiative leaders discuss problems, solutions to helping needy families
August 31, 2018

An organization working to prevent child neglect gathered at the Supreme Court on Friday to discuss strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats to their efforts.

Guardianship Commission sets Sept. 7 Town Hall meeting in Jackson
August 29, 2018

The Mississippi Commission on Guardianships and Conservatorships will conduct a town hall meeting at 10 a.m. Sept. 7 at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson.

Justice Kay Cobb’s portrait to be presented to Supreme Court Sept. 6
August 28, 2018

The Mississippi Supreme Court will unveil a portrait of retired Presiding Justice Kay B. Cobb at a 2 p.m. ceremony on Sept. 6 at the Supreme Court Courthouse in Jackson.

Sentencing Disparity Task Force to meet Aug. 30 in Jackson
August 28, 2018

The Sentencing Disparity Task Force will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 30 in the first floor training room at the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Family First Initiative to meet Aug. 30 in Gautier
August 27, 2018

The Family First Initiative Advisory Council for Jackson County will hold its first meeting Aug. 30 at 5:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County campus in Gautier. The meeting will be held in the cafeteria.

Family First Initiative to meet Aug. 28 in Cleveland
August 23, 2018

The Family First Initiative Advisory Council for Bolivar County will hold its first meeting Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m. in Cleveland in the Jacob Conference Center of Ewing Hall on the campus of Delta State University.

Family First Initiative to meet Aug. 27 in Tupelo
August 23, 2018

The Family First Initiative Advisory Council for Lee County will hold its first meeting Aug. 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Lee County Justice Center, 200 West Jefferson Street in Tupelo.

Family First Initiative to meet Aug. 23 in Poplarville
August 20, 2018

The Family First Initiative Advisory Council for Pearl River County will hold its first meeting Aug. 23 at 5:30 p.m. at Pearl River Community College, 101 Highway 11 North, Poplarville.

Family First Initiative to meet Aug. 21 in Meridian
August 17, 2018

The Family First Initiative Advisory Council for Lauderdale County will hold its first meeting Aug. 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the Riley Center in Meridian.

Judge Henry Lackey died August 17, 2018
August 17, 2018

Retired Circuit Judge Henry Lafayette Lackey died August 17 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Calhoun City. He was 83.

Reentry Council to meet August 17
August 15, 2018

The Mississippi Reentry Council will meet at 2 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Training Room at the Gartin Justice Building at 450 High Street in Jackson.

Third District Drug Court graduation set for Aug. 14 in Oxford
August 13, 2018

Eleven people are expected to graduate from the Third Judicial District Drug Court during a ceremony scheduled for Aug. 14 at the Lafayette County Courthouse in Oxford. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. in the main courtroom.

Indian Child Welfare Act Conference set for August 14 at Choctaw
August 9, 2018

The Eighth Annual Indian Child Welfare Act Conference will be held Aug. 14 at the Silver Star Convention Center at Choctaw.

Family First Initiative aims to prevent child neglect
July 31, 2018

Mississippi officials have launched an effort to prevent child neglect by helping struggling families.

Family First Initiative Summit set for July 30 in Jackson
July 25, 2018

Gov. Phil Bryant, First Lady Deborah Bryant and Supreme Court Justice Dawn Beam will lead a July 30 summit in Jackson to outline the Family First Initiative.

Sentencing Disparity Task Force to meet July 26 in Jackson
July 25, 2018

The Sentencing Disparity Task Force will meet at 10:30 a.m. July 26 at the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Four reappointed to Board of Certified Court Reporters
July 18, 2018

The Mississippi Supreme Court has reappointed four members of the Board of Certified Court Reporters

Retired Chancellor Donald Patterson died July 10
July 11, 2018

Retired Chancellor Donald B. Patterson of Brookhaven died July 10. He was 87.

Judge Prentiss Harrell is 2018 recipient of Chief Justice Award
July 2, 2018

Circuit Judge Prentiss G. Harrell of Hattiesburg is the recipient of the 2018 Chief Justice Award.

Rankin County celebrates Family Reunification Day with ceremony and picnic
July 2, 2018

Children jumped in a colorful bouncy house, scrambled through an inflatable obstacle course and petted a pair of miniature horses on the grounds of the Rankin County Juvenile Justice Center in Pelahatchie on Friday, June 29.

Rankin County to celebrate Family Reunification Day at Youth Court June 29
June 28, 2018

The Rankin County Youth Court will celebrate Family Reunification Day June 29 with a ceremony and activities starting at 11 a.m. at the Rankin County Juvenile Justice Center, 100 Court Cove in Pelahatchie.

Six new members appointed to Access to Justice Commission
June 28, 2018

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

Family law clinics set in Copiah, Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties
June 22, 2018

Free family law clinics are scheduled in Copiah, Hinds, Madison and Rankin counties in late June and July.

Supreme Court Clerk Muriel B. Ellis to retire June 30; Court appoints Jeremy Whitmire as new clerk
June 12, 2018

Mississippi Supreme Court Clerk Muriel B. Ellis will retire June 30 after more than 27 years of service to the court.

Hinds County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council formed
June 11, 2018

The Hinds County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council has begun work to bring about improvements in the criminal justice system.

Author to talk about Mississippians’ roles in World War I
June 11, 2018

Author Anne Webster will discuss Mississippians’ involvement in World War I during a presentation at the State Law Library in Jackson at 10 a.m. June 22.

Free family law clinics to be held in Cleveland, Greenwood and Clarksdale
May 25, 2018

Free family law clinics will be held in Cleveland, Greenwood and Clarksdale in June as part of a statewide Access to Justice effort to help poor people find legal representation.

Chief Justice Waller speaks to Jones County Bar Association May 30
May 24, 2018

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will be the guest speaker at the Jones County Bar Association meeting at noon May 30 at the Laurel Country Club.

Chief Justice Waller to speak during Memorial Day program in Batesville
May 24, 2018

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will speak at 11 a.m. May 28 in Batesville during the Memorial Day program at the Veterans Memorial in the town square.

30 free family law clinics scheduled in June
May 24, 2018

Thirty free family law clinics are scheduled across the state during June, which is Access to Justice Month.

14th Circuit Drug Court graduation set for May 21
May 18, 2018

Twenty people who have spent at least three years under the supervision of the 14th Circuit Drug Court will graduate on Monday, May 21.

Judges Hannan, Johnson and Young Graham re-elected to conference leadership
May 18, 2018

Madison County Court Judge Ed Hannan has been re-elected as chairman of the Conference of County Court Judges. Washington County Court Judge Vernita King Johnson was re-elected as vice-chair and Lauderdale County Court Judge Veldore Young Graham was re-elected as secretary of the Conference.

15th Circuit Drug Court Graduation celebrates National Drug Court Month
May 9, 2018

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice David M. Ishee will be the guest speaker on May 18 at the 15th Circuit Drug Court’s graduation ceremony in Picayune. The 10 a.m. graduation program will be held at Resurrection Life Church, 795 Memorial Boulevard in Picayune.

Free family law clinic set for June 7 in Oxford
Residents of Benton, Calhoun, Lafayette, Marshall and Tippah counties may attend

May 9, 2018

A free family law clinic will be held June 7 in Oxford to assist north Mississippi residents with uncontested divorce, guardianships, name change, emancipation and simple wills.

Free family law clinics set for June in northeast Mississippi
May 9, 2018

Free family law clinics are scheduled in June in Alcorn, Itawamba and Lee counties.

State Librarian Stephen Parks receives national award
April 26, 2018

The American Association of Law Libraries has selected State Librarian Stephen Parks of Jackson as a recipient of the 2018 Emerging Leader Award.

Judges Emfinger, Dodson, Mozingo elected to leadership of Circuit Conference
April 26, 2018

Circuit Judge John Emfinger of Brandon has been elected chairman of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges. Circuit Judge Lisa P. Dodson of Gulfport was elected vice-chair, and Circuit Judge Tony Mozingo of Oak Grove was elected secretary-treasurer.

Court of Appeals to visit University of Mississippi April 25
April 24, 2018

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene on the campus of the University of Mississippi on April 25 at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. to hear oral arguments.

Joseph Sclafani takes oath as Hinds Circuit Judge
April 23, 2018

Hinds County Circuit Judge Joseph Anthony Sclafani took the oath of office April 23.

Sclafani to take Hinds Circuit Judge oath April 23
April 20, 2018

Joseph Anthony Sclafani will be sworn in at 11 a.m. Monday, April 23, as Hinds County Circuit Judge.

Judge Tindell says his favorite title is coach
April 19, 2018

Court of Appeals Judge Sean Tindell has served as a Senator, prosecutor and counselor, but the title he likes most is coach.

Investiture of Judge Sean Tindell set for April 18 in Bay St. Louis
April 12, 2018

An investiture ceremony for Court of Appeals Judge Sean J. Tindell is scheduled for April 18 at 5 p.m. at the Hancock County Courthouse in Bay St. Louis.

Judges and attorneys inducted as Fellows of Mississippi Bar Foundation
April 9, 2018

Fifteen attorneys and five judges were inducted as Fellows of the Mississippi Bar Foundation at a ceremony in Jackson on Thursday evening, April 5.

Judge Westbrooks to speak at UM Black Law Students Association banquet
April 3, 2018

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Latrice A. Westbrooks will be the keynote speaker April 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Law Students Association scholarship and awards banquet in Oxford.

Legislature declares June Access to Justice Month; Courts schedule free family law clinics across the state
March 29, 2018

The Mississippi Legislature has declared June as Access to Justice Month.

Funding sought to sustain and expand parent representation
March 20, 2018

Hinds County has seen a 30 percent decrease in court ordered removals of children from parents’ custody in Youth Court cases of suspected abuse and neglect during the past year.

Report examines indigent criminal defense in Mississippi
March 19, 2018

The Mississippi Public Defender Task Force today released a report which takes a critical look at the way indigent criminal defendants are represented in state courts.

Campbell appointed to Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention
March 5, 2018

Kimberly L. Campbell has been appointed to the Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention.

Pearl River County ceremony lauds Board for funding full-time Public Defender office
February 21, 2018

Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice Jim Kitchens praised Pearl River County officials on Wednesday for forming the seventh full-time public defender office in the state.

Governor says Justice Ishee is well suited for state’s highest court
February 16, 2018

The entire Mississippi Supreme Court was present in Long Beach on Feb. 16 to welcome Justice David M. Ishee as the newest member of the court.

Court of Appeals to visit Mississippi Valley State University Feb. 22
February 13, 2018

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene on the campus of Mississippi Valley State University on Feb. 22 at 10 a.m. to hear oral arguments.

Feb. 21 open house to introduce Pearl River County Office of Public Defender
February 12, 2018

Pearl River County Circuit Court recently became the seventh in the state to create a full-time public defender office.

Chief Justice Waller to speak at Third Circuit Drug Court graduation Feb. 27 in Oxford
February 7, 2018

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will be the guest speaker at the Third Judicial District Drug Court graduation Feb. 27 in Oxford. The ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the second floor courtroom at the Lafayette County Courthouse.

Judge Westbrooks to speak at MVSU Black History Convocation Feb. 8
February 5, 2018

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Latrice A. Westbrooks will be the keynote speaker at Mississippi Valley State University’s annual Black History Convocation on Feb. 8.

Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention appointed
January 31, 2018

Five members have been appointed to the Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention.

Investiture of Justice David Ishee set for Feb. 16 in Long Beach
January 31, 2018

An investiture ceremony for Supreme Court Justice David M. Ishee is scheduled for Feb. 16 at 3:30 p.m. at the Gulf Park Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Long Beach.

Rankin County volunteer lawyers provide free legal help to the poor
January 29, 2018

Nine Rankin County attorneys gave free help to 12 low income people to resolve domestic matters on Friday, Jan. 26, during Rankin County Chancery Court’s first Pro Se Day.

Reentry Council to meet February 2
January 24, 2018

The Mississippi Reentry Council will meet at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 in the Training Room at the Gartin Justice Building at 450 High Street in Jackson.

Editor talks about what’s next for The Mississippi Encyclopedia
January 24, 2018

The Mississippi Encyclopedia is expected be available online later this year, senior editor Ted Ownby said during a discussion of the book on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at the State Law Library in Jackson.

Editor will talk about The Mississippi Encyclopedia Jan. 23 at State Law Library
January 22, 2018

Ted Ownby, senior editor of The Mississippi Encyclopedia, will talk about the book on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the State Law Library in Jackson. The Law Library is on the second floor of the Gartin Justice Building at 450 High Street.

Judge Kidd, Rep. Cockerham appointed to Drug Courts Advisory Committee
January 8, 2018

Hinds County Circuit Judge Winston Kidd of Jackson and Rep. Angela Cockerham of Magnolia have been appointed to the State Drug Courts Advisory Committee.