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California courts send more equipment to hurricane damaged Gulf Coast
December 14, 2005

A California judge who delivered a truckload of donated office furniture and equipment to Hancock and Jackson County courts last month is returning with a bigger load to help more public agencies as well as the courts.

Supreme Court distributes Civil Legal Assistance funds
December 13, 2005

Members of the Mississippi Supreme Court will deliver checks totaling $70,000 this week and next to programs which provide civil legal assistance to poor people.

Forrest and Perry County Drug Court graduation set Nov. 22
November 18, 2005

The 12th Circuit Adult Drug Court program in Forrest and Perry counties will honor its first graduate in a ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, at the Saenger Theater in Hattiesburg.

Justice Waller addresses CLE seminar in Greenwood
November 17, 2005

Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice William L. Waller Jr. will speak to the Delta Regional Bar Meeting at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18, at the Hampton Inn, 1815 U.S. 82 West in Greenwood.

Mississippi Supreme Court names two to administrative posts
November 17, 2005

The Mississippi Supreme Court has promoted longtime Central Legal Staff Director Jack Pool of Jackson to Court Administrator and Counsel.

Judge Myers named Presiding Judge of Court of Appeals
November 17, 2005

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge William H. Myers of Ocean Springs has assumed the administrative duties of a presiding judge.

The Supreme Court enters an order for Waiver of Continuing Education Requirements Due to Emergency Circumstances Created by Hurricane Katrina
November 7, 2005

Waiver of Continuing Education Requirements Due to Emergency Circumstances Created by Hurricane Katrina.

Hancock County Chancery Court records scanned for electronic access
November 4, 2005

The Hancock County Chancery Court is scanning all its records for electronic retrieval. A documents preservation company was hired to scan all Hancock County Chancery Court records.

Hancock County Chancery Court will hold proceedings in Gulfport
November 4, 2005

Chancery Judge Jim Persons has ordered that hearings and trials scheduled for the November term of Hancock County Chancery Court will be held at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport.

General Order Changing Location of Trials for November 2005 Term of Court entered in Hancock Chancery Court
November 3, 2005

On August 29, 2005, the Mississippi Gulf Coast was struck by Hurricane Katrina, a catastrophe of histroric proportions. As a result of that hurricane, on September 6, 2005, the Mississippi Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 2005-AD-00001-SCT which, inter alia, granted unto the trial courts authority "to excercise their sound discretion in extending deadlines, rescheduling hearings and trials and any other matters by case specific actions or by general order...."

California Judge delivers equipment to hurricane damaged Gulf Coast courts
November 2, 2005

A California judge will arrive in Mississippi on Thursday, Nov. 3, to deliver equipment donated by the San Diego County Superior Court to hurricane damaged courts in Hancock and Jackson counties.

Judge Billy G. Bridges announces retirement
October 31, 2005

Judge Billy G. Bridges of Brandon, one of the longest-serving members of the Court of Appeals, has announced that he will retire Dec. 31.

The Eighth Chancery Court District enters an Emergency Administrative General Order dated 10/24/05, nunc pro tunc to 8/29/2005 suspending deadlines until October 31, 2005
October 25, 2005

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina struck the Mississippi Gulf Coast and surrounding areas, resulting in unprecedented damage, destruction and loss of life. The Chancery Courts, the Clerk's offices, and other supporting agencies were/are incapable of performing in their ordinary and customary fashion, thus requiring an emergency general order to prevent injustice, and to protect the fairness and integrity of the trial courts, member of the bar, litigants, and the general public.

99th Bar Memorial Service honors 50 lawyers
October 18, 2005

Fifty Mississippi lawyers who died during the past year were honored Tuesday, Oct. 18, during a special memorial service at the State Capitol.

The Supreme Court has entered an order on the Mississippi Bar’s Petition to Permit Attorneys not Licensed to Practice Law in Mississippi to Provide Emergency Pro Bono Legal Assistance through the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
October 14, 2005

The Supreme Court has entered an order on the Mississippi Bar’s Petition to Permit Attorneys not Licensed to Practice Law in Mississippi to Provide Emergency Pro Bono Legal Assistance through the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project.

State Law Library offers services to lawyers affected by Hurricane Katrina
October 11, 2005

The State Law Library in Jackson is offering free Westlaw research and free copying to attorneys displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Supreme Court administrator Stephen J. Kirchmayr died Oct. 4
October 5, 2005

StephenJ.Kirchmayr,63,ofJackson,counseland courtadministratorforthe MississippiSupreme Court and the state court system, died Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, at his home in Jackson.

Needs for Courts affected by Hurricane Katrina
October 5, 2005

Lists of items needed in Hancock county court system after Hurricane Katrina..

Dillard’s portrait presented to Hinds Chancery Court
October 4, 2005

Retired Hinds County Chancery Judge W. O. “Chet” Dillard recounted death threats and intrigue from his early days as a prosecutor as some of Mississippi’s highest ranking current and former judicial officials gathered to pay tribute to his 45-year legal career.

Governor Haley Barbour issues Hurricane Katrina State of Emergency Memorandum to All State Agencies, Boards and Commissions
September 30, 2005

Governor Haley Barbour issues Hurricane Katrina State of Emergency Memorandum to All State Agencies, Boards and Commissions.

The Supreme Court of the State of Nevada enters an Emergency order to permit attorneys from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama displaced by Hurricane Katrina to practice law from a location in Nevada
September 29, 2005

The Supreme Court of the State of Nevada enters an Emergency order to permit attorneys from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama displaced by Hurricane Katrina to practice law from a location in Nevada.

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals authorized the practice of law for Mississippi Attorneys displaced by Hurricane Katrina until February 28, 2006
September 26, 2005

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals authorized the practice of law for Mississippi Attorneys displaced by Hurricane Katrina until February 28, 2006.

Jackson County Chancery Court enters emergency order
September 21, 2005

The Jackson County Chancery Court has delayed trials, motions and hearings scheduled between Aug. 29 and Dec. 1 in response to Hurricane Katrina. The Chancery Court suspended deadlines for filing motions, appeals and discovery materials until Dec. 1.

The Commission on Continuing Legal Education extends the requirement and reporting deadline for the 2004-2005 reporting year with the deadline for the 2005-2006 reporting year
September 21, 2005

The Commission on Continuing Legal Education extends the requirement and reporting deadline for the 2004-2005 reporting year with the deadline for the 2005-2006 reporting year.

Due to Hurricane Katrina, the Chancery Court of Jackson County extends deadlines
September 21, 2005

Chancery Court of Jackson County extends deadlines due to Hurricane Katrina.

6th Circuit Court gets $335,867 Drug Court grant
September 20, 2005

Three more southwest Mississippi counties will soon participate in a Drug Court program thanks to a $335,867 federal grant to the 6th Circuit Court District Adult Drug Court.

Supreme Court makes appointments to Bar Complaint Tribunal
September 20, 2005

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

Circuit and County Courts of Jackson County order delays
September 19, 2005

The Circuit and County Courts of Jackson County, acting in response to the damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, have delayed trials, motions and hearings previously scheduled between Aug. 29 and Dec. 1.

Due to Hurricane Katrina, the Circuit Court of Jackson County extends deadlines
September 19, 2005

The Circuit Court of Jackson County extends deadlines due to Hurricane Katrina.

Due to Hurricane Katrina, the County Court of Jackson County extends deadlines
September 19, 2005

The County Court of Jackson County extends deadlines due to Hurricane Katrina.

Simpson County Circuit Court delays court term
September 16, 2005

All Circuit Court trials previously scheduled during the month of September in Simpson County have been postponed as a result of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.

Supreme Court seeks legislation if special session is called
September 16, 2005

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. on Friday, Sept. 16, asked Gov. Haley Barbour to add judicial issues to a special session agenda if the Governor calls a special session of the legislature.

The Court authorizes the Clerk to keep and maintain completed cases for five years beyond the issuance of the mandate in the case
September 16, 2005

The Court authorizes the Clerk to keep and maintain completed cases for five years beyond the issuance of the mandate in the case.

Due to Hurricane Katrina, the Circuit Court for Simpson County issues Order postponing opening of Regular September, 2005 Term
September 16, 2005

Simpson County issues Order postponing opening of Regular September, 2005 Term.

Hurricane Katrina Judicial Assessment Committee Preliminary Report issued
September 15, 2005

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday issued the Hurricane Katrina Judicial Assessment Committee Preliminary Report detailing damages to courts in Gulf Coast counties and the status of court operations in those counties.

Hurricane Katrina Judicial Assessment Committee Preliminary Report
September 15, 2005

Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005, damaged court facilities and battered the lives of the people who serve the Mississippi judiciary. The people of the Gulf Coast are working to resume court operations while at the same time many of the judges and staff are dealing with severe property damage and personal losses.

Courts of Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties announce plans for conducting court business after Hurricane Katrina
September 13, 2005

Circuit Judges in the Second Circuit Court District of Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties have cancelled trials and hearings and extended filing deadlines as a result of damage from Hurricane Katrina.

Due to Hurricane Katrina, the County Court for the First and Second Judicial Districts of Jones County issues General Order for September term 2005
September 12, 2005

County Court for the First and Second Judicial Districts of Jones County issues General Order for September term 2005.

Due to Hurricane Katrina, the Judges of the Second Circuit Court District, Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties, issues Emergency Administrative General Order
September 12, 2005

Judges of the Second Circuit Court District, Harrison, Hancock and Stone Counties, issues Emergency Administrative General Order.

Supreme Court authorizes out-of-state attorneys to assist in Miss. Bar Young Lawyers Division’s response to hurricane Katrina disaster
September 9, 2005

Supreme Court authorizes out-of-state attorneys to assist in Miss. Bar Young Lawyers Division’s response to hurricane Katrina disaster.

Out of state lawyers authorized to assist victims of Hurricane Katrina
September 9, 2005

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday, Sept. 9, authorized lawyers licensed in other states to practice in Mississippi if they are providing free legal assistance to victims of Hurricane Katrina.

Supreme Court works to identify trial court needs, encourages free legal services for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and extends filing deadlines in appeals
September 7, 2005

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. said on Wednesday that his primary focus is assessing damage at courthouse across south Mississippi. A Damage Assessment Committee will start with courthouses in Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Stone counties.

Supreme Court Administrative Order closing court and granting additional time for certain filings due while Court Closed
September 7, 2005

Supreme Court Administrative Order closing court and granting additional time for certain filings due while Court Closed.

Supreme Court addresses Hurricane Katrina's disruption of judical processes
September 6, 2005

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Tuesday, Sept. 6, extended filing deadlines by 90 days for appeals pending from the 27 south Mississippi counties of the Second Supreme Court District and authorized trial court judges in those counties to use their discretion to extend deadlines and reschedule proceedings.

Supreme Court Emergency Procedures Related to Hurricane Katrina's Disruption of Judicial Processes
September 6, 2005

Supreme Court Emergency Procedures Related to Hurricane Katrina's Disruption of Judicial Processes.

Chief Justice says docket management and e-filing are his top priority
September 7, 2005

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. told lawyers and judges Friday that a broad-based effort is underway to create a statewide computerized court records filing and information sharing system.

National drug court leader to address 4th Circuit graduation
July 7, 2005

The head of a national drug court education, training and research organization will be the keynote speaker July 18 at the 4th Circuit District Drug Court graduation in Indianola.

Public comment sought on proposed rule to streamline small claims
July 7, 2005

The Mississippi Supreme Court is seeking public comments on a proposed court rule intended to save legal expenses and speed resolution of civil cases in which the issues in dispute involve money damages of less than $50,000.

Chancery Judge J. Max Kilpatrick takes oath of office
July 1, 2005

Chancery Judge J. Max Kilpatrick of Philadelphia told well-wishers after he took the oath of office Friday at the Neshoba County Courthouse in Philadelphia that he will work to make the court accessible to all people.

Three graduate from Madison County Juvenile Drug Court
June 28, 2005

U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett of McComb said Monday that the most effective drug courts are those which deal with juveniles.

Five graduate from Hinds County Drug Court
June 28, 2005

Rosita Little of Jackson recalled a time when drug addiction so consumed her that she didn’t know where her two sons were.

Supreme Court adopts standards for electronic case management and e-filing
June 9, 2005

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday adopted standards which will serve as the framework for developing a uniform statewide system of case management and electronic filing in state courts.

Judge Brewer awards prizes to three young readers
May 26, 2005

Madison County Court Judge Cynthia Brewer presented $100 prizes to three young reading enthusiasts last week to reward them for reading the most books during a five-month contest.

Jackson County Drug Court participants do community service
May 19, 2005

Participants in the Jackson County Drug Court will take to the streets in Pascagoula on Saturday morning, May 21, to pick up litter as part of their continuing community service. Eight to 10 people are expected to begin work at 8 a.m. along U.S. 90.

Judge Kieth Starrett to address Forest and Perry County Drug Court
May 19, 2005

Thirty-one Forrest and Perry County Drug Court participants will celebrate their progress Friday, May 20, at 11 a.m. in a special ceremony at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg.

Adams County Drug Court celebrates one-year anniversary
May 18, 2005

Participants in the Adams County Drug Court will celebrate the one-year anniversary of the program today, May 18, in Natchez. A program is planned for 6:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church on Wilson Road in Natchez.

Judges attend firearms training
May 12, 2005

Twenty-two state court judges attended a firearms training class Wednesday. Some members of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals as well as circuit, chancery and county court judges attended classroom instruction and practiced target shooting with handguns.

Nine to graduate from George and Greene County Drug Courts
May 10, 2005

Nine people from George and Greene counties are scheduled to graduate from the Drug Court program of the 19th Circuit Court on Thursday, May 12, at 2 p.m. The ceremony will be conducted on the second floor of the George County Courthouse in Lucedale.

Justice Graves speaks to International Reading Association
May 6, 2005

The common experience among young people sentenced to prison is that they dropped out of school, Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. told thousands of teachers, librarians and parents at the 50th Annual International Reading Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday.

Supreme Court distributes Civil Legal Assistance funds
May 5, 2005

Members of the Mississippi Supreme Court next week will distribute $100,000 to programs which provide civil legal assistance to the poor. The money is generated by fees from out of state lawyers.

Conference of Circuit Judges selects officers
April 29, 2005

Circuit Judge Dale Harkey of Pascagoula was elected chairman of the Conference of Circuit Judges on Thursday, April 28, during the Mississippi Trial and Appellate Judges Spring Conference.

Supreme Court seeks to assist local courts with security plans
April 28, 2005

The Mississippi Supreme Court is looking for ways to help trial judges and local law enforcement improve security in county courthouses, Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. and Justice Michael K. Randolph told judges gathered in Gulfport for the Mississippi Trial and Appellate Judges Spring Conference on Thursday, April 28.

Teens and judges discuss careers in law
April 26, 2005

Thirteen Jackson middle school students spent a recent Saturday morning at the Mississippi College School of Law talking with judges from all levels of the judiciary about careers in the legal profession.

8 graduate from Hinds County Drug Court
April 6, 2005

Who would have expected the son of an undercover narcotics officer to become a drug addict? “I smoked my first joint when I was 11 years old and I loved it,” Brian Walsh, 35, of Brandon told a packed Hinds County courtroom Tuesday, April 5, as he and seven others celebrated graduation from Drug Court.

Supreme Court revises rules for free legal services to the poor
March 24, 2005

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday revised rules regarding lawyers’ obligation to provide free legal services to low income people.

Investiture for Judge Taylor is Friday, March 11
March 8, 2005

A formal investiture ceremony for Circuit Judge Michael Taylor is scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, March 11, at the Lincoln County Courthouse in Brookhaven. The ceremony will be in the second floor courtroom.

Judge Carlson to speak at Ole Miss Insurance Symposium
March 7, 2005

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice George C. Carlson Jr. will speak at an insurance symposium at the University of Mississippi on Thursday, March 10.

Judge Broome announces plans for Rankin County Youth Drug Court
February 11, 2005

Rankin County Court Judge Thomas H. Broome has begun work to create a Youth Drug Court.

Justice James Graves to speak at Black History Month programs
February 2, 2005

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves. Jr. will speak at nine school, church and youth conference programs in Brandon, Jackson, Flora, Ridgeland, Crystal Springs, Gulfport and Indianola during February, which is Black History Month.

New rule allows military attorneys to practice law in state courts
January 27, 2005

The Mississippi Supreme Court on Thursday, Jan. 27, adopted a new rule which will allow military lawyers from other states to appear in Mississippi state courts to assist military personnel and their eligible dependents.

Judge David Ishee's investiture is set for Jan. 28
January 24, 2005

An investiture ceremony for Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge David M. Ishee is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m. at the Great Southern Club in Gulfport.

Chief Justice to swear in Workers' Compensation Commission Chairman Liles Williams today
January 20, 2005

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. will give the oath of office to Workers’ Compensation Commission Chairman Liles B. Williams at 4 p.m. today, Jan. 21. The swearing in ceremony will be at the offices of the Workers’ Compensation Commission, 1428 Lakeland Drive in Jackson, in Hearing Room C on the second floor.

Justice Graves to teach at Millsaps and participate in Lovett Elementary program
January 14, 2005

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. will serve as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Millsaps College, this semester.

Drug Court training conference is Jan. 27-28 in Choctaw
January 14, 2005

Judges, court staff, law enforcement and corrections officers and treatment providers will gather in Choctaw Jan. 27 and 28 for the state’s first Drug Court Training Conference. The conference will be held at the Golden Moon Hotel and Casino at the Pearl River Resort.

Court of Appeals judges sit as special trial judges
January 7, 2005

Three Court of Appeals judges are doing trial judge duty in a move to save money on special appointments.