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Mississippi Supreme Court amends camera coverage rules
December 9, 2004

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday, Dec. 9, amended court rules for camera coverage, giving judges discretion in the application of technical coverage limitations and eliminating a repealer.

Court of Appeals convenes in Tupelo for investiture of Judge Barnes
December 8, 2004

The Mississippi Court of Appeals convened in Tupelo on Wednesday, Dec. 8, to ceremonially welcome recently appointed Judge Donna M. Barnes.

Adoptive parents sought for children in DHS custody
November 23, 2004

The attorney general, judges, representatives of the Mississippi College School of Law, Department of Human Services staff and volunteer lawyers gathered on Tuesday to call attention to the need for more adoptive parents and to cooperative efforts to find permanent homes for children in need of adoption.

Hinds Justice Court approved for Drug Court training November 18, 2004
November 23, 2004

Organizers of a drug court for Hinds County Justice Court have been accepted for training in a national program which will teach them how to create and implement a drug court for misdemeanor offenders.

Chief Justice appoints Jim Ingram to Ethics Commission November 8, 2004
November 23, 2004

Adoptions of children in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Human Services have increased this year as a result of cooperative efforts by Chancery Court judges, the Department of Human Services, the office of the Attorney General, the Mississippi College School of Law, and the Mississippi Bar.

Cooperative efforts increase adoption
November 8, 2004

Adoptions of children in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Human Services have increased this year as a result of cooperative efforts by Chancery Court judges, the Department of Human Services, the office of the Attorney General, the Mississippi College School of Law, and the Mississippi Bar.

Ridgeland High School students participate in Teen Court
November 5, 2004

Ridgeland High School students on Thursday, Nov. 11, will have a trial run of court proceedings to get ready for Teen Court in January.

Supreme Court proposes pro bono rule revisions
November 5, 2004

The Mississippi Supreme Court is considering revising its rules regarding lawyers’ obligations to provide legal services to the poor.

Chief Justice declares Nov. 30 as Mississippi Adoption Day
November 4, 2004

Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. has declared Nov. 30 as Mississippi Adoption Day.

State judges discuss management and technology to speed case resolution
October 29, 2004

State trial and appellate court judges on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday met to discuss improvements in management practices and technology to speed up the resolution of cases.

Chief Justice seeks applicants for Ethics Commission appointment
October 18, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. is seeking applicants for appointment to the state Ethics Commission.

Chief Justice Smith says another goal met in push for timeliness
October 15, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. on Friday announced that the court has speeded up the way it handles its voluminous motions docket and reached his goal of deciding motions within 30 days.

Four graduate from Hinds County Drug Court program
October 6, 2004

Jackson Municipal Court and Hinds County Justice Court are in the planning stages to form misdemeanor drug courts in those jurisdictions, judges and administrators said Tuesday.

98th Bar Memorial Service honors deceased lawyers
October 6, 2004

Judges, lawyers, friends and family gathered in the Old Supreme Court Chambers at the Capitol on Tuesday to pay tribute to 55 Mississippi lawyers who died during the previous year. The memorial service, which included the lighting of a candle as each name was read, was the 98th to honor deceased members of the bar.

Foreign judges to visit Administrative Office of Courts
October 4, 2004

Judges, court staff, attorneys and a journalist representing 18 countries will visit the Administrative Office of Courts on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 1:30 p.m.

Hinds County Drug Court graduation is Oct. 5
September 30, 2004

Hinds County District Attorney Faye Peterson will be the guest speaker at a Hinds County Drug Court graduation ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. The program will be in Courtroom No. 1 on the second floor of the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson.

Judge Ishee takes oath of office
September 27, 2004

Court of Appeals Judge David M. Ishee after he took the oath of office Monday said the court’s mission is to deliver justice to all, and he will fulfill his oath to do that.

11th Circuit Drug Court gets $450,000 DOJ grant
September 8, 2004

The 11th Circuit Drug Court will receive a $450,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant.

Center for Legal Services gets $51,000 to assist poor clients
August 27, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Michael K. Randolph on Friday encouraged private attorneys to give some of their time to representing the poor.

$45,000 given to Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
August 24, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. said Tuesday that the court is looking for more ways to give poor people better access to the civil justice system.

$130,000 to assist civil representation of the poor
August 23, 2004

The Mississippi Supreme Court this week will distribute $130,000 to programs which provide civil legal assistance to the poor. The money is generated by fees from out of state lawyers.

19 judges to participate in law school student orientation
August 12, 2004

Nineteen judges and 88 Mississippi attorneys are expected to participate in orientation programs for about 350 first-year law students in Clinton and Oxford on Aug. 18.

Chief Justice seeks applicants for Court of Appeals position
July 23, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. is seeking applicants for a special judge to serve on the Court of Appeals during the absence of Judge Leslie H. Southwick.

Madison County operates juvenile drug court
July 23, 2004

The Madison County Youth Court has become the second in the state to operate a juvenile Drug Court.

Judge Southwick to take leave from court, go on military active duty
July 22, 2004

Court of Appeals Judge Leslie H. Southwick of Jackson will take a leave of absence from the court to begin active duty with the Mississippi Army National Guard on Aug. 9 as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Justices present funds to assist civil representation of the poor
July 21, 2004

The Mississippi Center for Legal Services, which provides legal assistance to the poor in civil matters, received $30,000 Wednesday from fees assessed to out-of-state lawyers.

Justice Graves invited to teach at Harvard
July 19, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. has been invited to teach trial advocacy at Harvard Law School in September.

$50,000 goes to legal representation of the poor
July 16, 2004

Civil legal assistance programs for the poor in Mississippi will receive $50,000 this month from fees assessed to out of state lawyers.

Chief Justice Smith challenges bar to help improve judicial system
July 13, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. has challenged Mississippi lawyers to help him make changes to solve the problems of the state's judicial system.

Chief Justice Award recipients announced
July 10, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. named as recipients of this year's Chief Justice Awards Justice Jess H. Dickinson, Circuit Judge Robert B. Helfrich and District Attorney Jon Mark Weathers.

Court of Appeals to be closed Tuesday noon until Thursday morning
July 6, 2004

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will close at noon Tuesday, July 6, to honor the judicial service of the late Judge James E. Thomas, and to allow judges and staff to attend visitation and the funeral service in Gulfport, Court of Appeals Chief Judge Leslie D. King said.

Court of Appeals Judge James E. Thomas died Sunday, July 4
July 4, 2004

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge James E. Thomas died Sunday, July 4, at his home in Gulfport.

Supreme Court clears case backlog
July 1, 2004

The Mississippi Supreme Court today cleared the backlog of direct appeal cases awaiting decisions.

4th Circuit Drug Court celebrates graduation
June 25, 2004

When the 4th Circuit District Drug Court was in the early stage of development, law enforcement and the court couldn't locate a Greenwood woman who had been recommended for participation in the program. So Circuit Judge Betty W. Sanders of Greenwood took to the streets to find her.

14th Circuit Drug Court graduates recognized
June 21, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. told Drug Court graduates in Magnolia on Monday that their lives are at a fork in the road, and he urged them to choose the right path.

Drug Court graduation set for June 24
June 21, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. will be the guest speaker Thursday, June 24, at the 4th Circuit District Drug Court graduation in Greenville.

Drug Court graduation set for June 21
June 17, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. will be the guest speaker Monday, June 21, at the 14th Circuit Court District Drug Court graduation in Magnolia. Circuit Judge Keith Starrett will preside over the program, which is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Pike County Courthouse.

Symposium explores class action rule for state courts
June 14, 2004

A panel of plaintiff and defense lawyers, judges and a law professor on Monday spent more than six hours discussing whether the Mississippi Supreme Court should adopt a rule allowing class action litigation, and how to craft such a rule.

Class-action symposium scheduled for June 14
June 3, 2004

Class-action litigation will be the topic of a June 14 symposium co-sponsored by the Mississippi Supreme Court and Mississippi College School of Law.

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Leslie King takes oath
June 1, 2004

Mississippi Court of Appeals Chief Judge Leslie D. King at his investiture on Tuesday pledged to do what is just rather than popular, and to maintain the integrity of the judicial process.

Judicial candidates attend seminar on campaign finance and ethics
May 27, 2004

The Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention on Thursday conducted a seminar to educate judicial candidates about campaign finance rules and ethics.

Supreme Court revises lawyer advertising rules
May 27, 2004

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday revised rules regarding lawyer advertising.

February Mississippi Bar exam results released
May 26, 2004

More than half of the people who took the Mississippi Bar Examination in February were already licensed to practice law in other states, according to results recently released by the Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions.

Chief Judge King's investiture is set for June 1
May 25, 2004

An investiture ceremony for Mississippi Court of Appeals Chief Judge Leslie D. King is scheduled for Tuesday, June 1, at 11 a.m. at the Capitol. The investiture ceremony will be held in Room 216, the Old Supreme Court Chambers.

Judge Chandler earns Master of Laws degree
May 24, 2004

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge David A. Chandler was awarded a Master of Laws in the Judicial Process (LL.M.) during graduation ceremonies at the University of Virginia School of Law on May 16.

Rankin Countians honor Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr.
May 21, 2004

The Rankin County judiciary and the Rankin County Bar Association on Friday honored Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. by placing his portrait in the Rankin County Justice Center in Brandon.

Portrait of Chief Justice Smith to be unveiled Friday in Brandon
May 13, 2004

A portrait of Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. will be unveiled at the Rankin County Justice Center in Brandon at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 21. The ceremony will be in the main courtroom on the first floor.

Washington County Circuit Court equipment demonstration set for May 21
May 13, 2004

Judges of the 4th Circuit District will have a training session at noon on Friday, May 21, in Greenville to introduce attorneys to electronic evidence presentation equipment recently installed in the Washington County Circuit courtroom.

Justice Waller receives Judicial Innovation Award
May 13, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice William L. Waller Jr. of Jackson is the recipient of the 2004 Judicial Innovation Award presented by the Hinds County Bar Association and the Jackson Young Lawyers Association.

Drug Court funding bill signed by Governor
May 10, 2004

Gov. Haley Barbour on Thursday signed legislation which will provide a funding mechanism for drug courts.

Five graduate from Hinds County Drug Court; Legislation approved to fund drug courts statewide
May 5, 2004

Charles Wiggins marveled at the world through sober eyes Tuesday and rejoiced at having the opportunity to find a better life.

Judge Leslie D. King named Chief Judge of Court of Appeals
April 30, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. today appointed Judge Leslie D. King of Greenville as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.

Hinds County Drug Court graduation is May 4
April 27, 2004

Attorney General Jim Hood will be the guest speaker at a Hinds County Drug Court graduation ceremony on Tuesday, May 4, at 6 p.m. The program will be in Courtroom No. 1 at the Hinds County Courthouse in Jackson.

Michael K. Randolph takes oath as Supreme Court Justice
April 23, 2004

Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. on Friday swore in Michael K. Randolph of Hattiesburg minutes after Gov. Haley Barbour announced his appointment to a vacancy on the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Chief Justice Smith asks trial judges' help in addressing problems of judicial system
April 22, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith on Thursday called upon trial judges to share their ideas for improving the judicial system.

Roger McMillin announces retirement from Court of Appeals
April 21, 2004

Chief Judge Roger H. McMillin Jr. announced Wednesday that he is retiring from the Mississippi Court of Appeals effective April 30, 2004.

Judge Joe Lee named Lawyer of the Year by Mississippi College School of Law
April 19, 2004

The Mississippi College School of Law named Court of Appeals Judge Joe Lee as Lawyer of the Year for 2004.

Appointments made to Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention
April 15, 2004

A Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention has been appointed to deal with allegations of ethical misconduct that may arise in judicial races this year.

Chief Justice Smith says he will work to restore public confidence in the judiciary
April 12, 2004

Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. at his investiture on Monday said he will work to restore public confidence in the judicial system by improving the speed and efficiency with which decisions are rendered at all levels and by pushing for appointed appellate judges.

Appellate judges attend ethics seminar presented by Mississippi College School of Law
April 4, 2004

Money in judicial campaigns, conduct, conflicts of interest and collegiality were among topics of discussion Wednesday at an ethics seminar for Mississippi appellate court judges.

Chief Justice Smith's investiture is set for April 12
April 2, 2004

James W. Smith Jr. will take the oath of office as chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 12. The investiture ceremony will be held in Room 216 of the Capitol, in the Old Supreme Court Chambers

Chief Justice Edwin L. Pittman announces retirement
March 8, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Edwin L. Pittman announced today that he will retire, effective March 31, 2004.

Supreme Court revises rules of venue and joinder
February 20, 2004

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday, Feb. 20, amended rules and commentary dealing with consolidation, joinder and venue in civil litigation.

Justice Waller is keynote speaker for MC Law School investiture
February 19, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice William L. Waller Jr. will give the keynote address Friday, Feb. 20, at the investiture of James Rosenblatt as Dean of Mississippi College School of Law. The investiture is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Old Capitol Museum in Jackson.

Judges rate student Moot Court competitors
February 19, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Justices Kay B. Cobb and George C. Carlson Jr. and Court of Appeals Judge Billy G. Bridges judged the final round of the Spring 2004 Moot Court Board Competition on Friday, Feb. 13, at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Millsaps College honors Justice Graves with Livesay Service Award
February 19, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. is one of this year's recipients of the Jim Livesay Service Award given by his alma mater, Millsaps College.

Dickinson takes oath of office
January 9, 2004

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Jess H. Dickinson pledged Friday to uphold the dignity, respect and public confidence of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Waller becomes Presiding Justice; Dickinson now Associate Justice
January 5, 2004

Justice William L. Waller Jr. of Jackson became a presiding justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court on Monday.