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Supreme Court creates Mississippi Model Jury Instructions Commission
December 30, 2008

The Supreme Court has created the Mississippi Model Jury Instructions Commission. Its purpose is to examine jury instructions used in state courts and recommend plain language instructions which would offer clearer guidance regarding application of the law for the lay persons who serve on juries.

Supreme Court Justices to take oath of office Jan. 5
December 29, 2008

Newly elected justices of the Mississippi Supreme Court will take the oath of office on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. in the En Banc Courtroom on the second floor of the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.

Domestic Abuse Study Commission issues report and recommendations
December 17, 2008

A commission created by order of the Mississippi Supreme Court to study laws and rules related to domestic abuse has issued its recommendations.

Jackson County Drug Court graduation is December 16
December 12, 2008

Like father, like son. When the Jackson County Drug Court holds its graduation on Dec. 16 in Pascagoula, one of the graduates will follow in his father’s footsteps. The father graduated from the Drug Court program in August.

Hinds County Drug Court receives Community Transformation Award
December 10, 2008

The leader of the national drug court movement praised Hinds County officials Tuesday, Dec. 9, for their work toward transforming the community through the Drug Court, and urged them to send more people through the program.

8th District Drug Court graduation scheduled December 16
December 9, 2008

Six people are expected to graduate from the Eighth Circuit Drug Court during a ceremony at 3 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Neshoba County Courthouse in Philadelphia.

Pike County Juvenile Drug Court Graduation is December 11
December 9, 2008

The Pike County Juvenile Drug Court will hold a graduation at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, at Southwest Regional Medical Center in McComb. The ceremony will be in the C.O. Haskins Community Room on the sixth floor.

Madison County Juvenile Drug Court Graduation is December 9
December 8, 2008

Eleven teenagers are expected to graduate from the Madison County Juvenile Drug Court in a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. December 9 at the Madison County Courthouse, 128 West North Street in Canton.

National Drug Court leader to speak in Jackson Dec. 9
December 4, 2008

A leader in the national drug court movement will hold a press conference in Jackson at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at the Hinds County Courthouse at 407 East Pascagoula Street.

The Supreme Court seeks comments on the proposed Municipal Court Rules.
November 18, 2008

NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMMENTS REGARDING PROPOSED MUNICIPAL COURT RULES. Pursuant to Rule 27(f) of the Mississippi Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Supreme Court now seeks comments from the bench, the bar, and the public on the proposed Municipal Court Rules.

2nd Circuit Drug Court graduation is November 20 in Gulfport
November 18, 2008

The Second Circuit Drug Court will celebrate a graduation at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Gulfport. The ceremony will be held at the Isaiah Fredericks Community Center at 3312 Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Hinds Youth Drug Court graduation is November 18
November 17, 2008

The Hinds County Youth Drug Treatment Court will hold its second graduation at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18. The graduation will be held on the second floor of the Hinds County Courthouse at 407 East Pascagoula Street in Jackson.

The Supreme Court seeks comments on a proposed amendment to Rule 1.05A of the Uniform Rules of Circuit and County Court Practice.
November 17, 2008

NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMMENTS REGARDING PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO URCCC 1.05A. Pursuant to Rule 27(f) of the Mississippi Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Supreme Court now seeks comments from the bench, the bar, and the public on the proposed amendment to URCCC 1.05A. Comments should be filed with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Gartin Justice Building, P.O. Box 249, Jackson, Mississippi 39205-0249, no later than Monday, December 22, 2008.

21st Circuit Drug Court graduation is November 18 in Yazoo City
November 14, 2008

The 21st Judicial District Drug Court will celebrate its second graduation with a ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the second floor courtroom at the Yazoo County Courthouse, 209 East Broadway St., in Yazoo City.

Access to Justice Commission to meet November 17
November 14, 2008

The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission will meet Monday, Nov. 17, at noon at the Mississippi Bar Center at 643 North State Street in Jackson.

16th District Chancery Court celebrates Adoption Day
November 13, 2008

The 16th District Chancery Court will celebrate a special Adoption Day on Friday, Nov. 14, at the Jackson County Courts Building on Convent Avenue in Pascagoula.

Domestic abuse study group to meet Nov. 12
November 10, 2008

The Commission for Study of Domestic Abuse Proceedings will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.

Harrison County Chancery Court celebrates Adoption Day
November 4, 2008

Harrison County Chancery Court will celebrate a special Adoption Day on Friday, Nov. 7, at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport. November is National Adoption Month.

Court of Appeals schedules oral arguments at MSU campus
October 29, 2008

A panel of judges of the Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene court on the Mississippi State University campus in Starkville on Nov. 19 to hear oral arguments in two cases. Arguments are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at the Hunter Henry Center.

Access to Justice public hearing is October 20 in Greenwood
October 13, 2008

The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission will conduct a public hearing about the unmet civil legal needs of poor people on Oct. 20 in Greenwood. The public hearing is scheduled for 4 to 6 p.m. at the Leflore County Civic Center at 200 Hwy 7 North in Greenwood.

Supreme Court appoints special judge for Hinds County Circuit Court
October 9, 2008

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed Jackson attorney Pieter Teeuwissen as a special judge to assist the Seventh Circuit Court of Hinds County with its criminal docket.

Special Judges appointed to hear Katrina cases in Jackson County
October 9, 2008

Eleven special judges will be appointed on Thursday, Oct. 9, to hear civil cases related to Hurricane Katrina in Jackson County.

Supreme Court and Court of Appeals orders are on Internet
October 6, 2008

Orders of the Mississippi Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals filed on or after Sept. 25, 2008, can be viewed via the Internet.

The Supreme Court amends Regulation 3.3 of the Mississippi Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.
September 18, 2008

This matter is before the Court en banc on the petition to amend Regulation 3.3 of the Mississippi Rules for Mandatory Continuing Legal Education filed by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education. The Commission requests that Regulation 3.3 be amended to allow additional continuing legal education credit for participation in online and telephonic continuing legal education programs. The proposed amendment also corrects a technical error by the deletion of an outdated reference. After due consideration, the Court finds that the petition should be granted.

Forrest County Youth Court joins Model Courts Project
September 15, 2008

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Courts has selected the Forrest County Youth Court to participate in a program which will examine the local court’s practices, find ways for improvement, and offer the improvements as a model for other state courts.

The Supreme Court adopts the Rule for Expedited Small Claims for implementation of a pilot program in the county courts of Jones, Lee and Rankin counties.
September 11, 2008

This matter is before the Court, en banc, on the motion to adopt the Rule For Expedited Small Claims filed by the Advisory Committee on Rules. The Rule would provide for expedited resolution of civil cases seeking damages under $50,000. This proposal has been posted for public comment, and the Court has received and considered comments from the public. After due consideration, the Court finds that the motion should be granted in part only to implement a pilot program utilizing the Rule For Expedited Small Claims as described below and limited to use in the county courts of three Mississippi counties: Jones, Lee, andRankin.

Court of Appeals schedules oral arguments in Columbia
September 5, 2008

A panel of judges of the Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene court in Columbia on Sept. 30 to hear oral arguments in two cases. Arguments are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the Circuit Court courtroom at the Marion County Courthouse.

The Supreme Court seeks comments on the proposed Uniform Rules of Youth Court Practice. Please visit the Rules section of this website to view the proposed rules, appendix and model forms.
August 27, 2008

NOTICE OF REQUEST FOR COMMENTS REGARDING PROPOSED YOUTH COURT RULES. Pursuant to Rule 27(f) of the Mississippi Rules of Appellate Procedure, the Supreme Court now seeks comments from the bench, the bar, and the public on the proposed Uniform Rules of Youth Court Practice. Comments should be filed with the Clerk of the Supreme Court, Gartin Justice Building, P.O. Box 249, Jackson, Mississippi 39205-0249, no later than Monday, September 29, 2008.

Access to Justice Commission to meet August 25
August 22, 2008

The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission will meet Monday, Aug. 25, at noon at the Mississippi Bar Center at 643 North State Street in Jackson.

Domestic abuse study group to meet August 12
August 8, 2008

The Commission for Study of Domestic Abuse Proceedings will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. at the new Gartin Justice Building at 450 High Street in Jackson. The meeting will be held in the fourth floor large conference room.

Uniform Criminal Rules Study Committee receives $10,000 IOLTA grant
July 23, 2008

A $10,000 grant from the Mississippi Bar Foundation will help a group of lawyers and judges to complete their work drafting recommendations for statewide uniform criminal rules.

Lookin' to the Future Award presented to Chief Justice Smith
July 22, 2008

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. was honored July 18 for his lifetime work protecting the interests of children. He was presented the Lookin’ to the Future Award during a ceremony in Natchez.

Judge Henry Lackey to receive Chief Justice Award
July 11, 2008

The Mississippi Supreme Court will recognize Circuit Judge Henry Lackey of Calhoun City this year with its highest honor, the 2008 Chief Justice Award. The award will be presented July 19 at the conclusion of the Mississippi Bar Convention in Destin, Fla.

Supreme Court appoints two special judges for Hinds County Circuit Court
July 11, 2008

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed two new full-time special judges to assist the Seventh Circuit Court of Hinds County with its criminal case docket.

Chief Justice calls for appointments to DNA Task Force
July 7, 2008

In response to the Mississippi Legislature’s directive, Supreme Court Chief Justice James W. Smith Jr. has called for appointments to a task force which will study proper preservation of DNA evidence.

Report recommends uniform rules of procedure for Youth Courts
July 1, 2008

The Task Force for Youth Court Rules of Procedure on July 1 submitted its report and recommendations to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Recently amended rules to become effective July 1, 2008
June 30, 2008

Recently amended rules to become effective July 1, 2008.

Domestic abuse study group to meet June 25
June 24, 2008

A commission created to study laws and rules related to domestic abuse will hold its first meeting Wednesday, June 25, at 11 a.m. at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.

Swartzfager appointed to head Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel
June 12, 2008

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed Glenn S. Swartzfager of Brandon as director of the Office of Capital Post-Conviction Counsel.

Access to Justice Commission to meet June 16
June 11, 2008

The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission will meet Monday, June 16, at 10 a.m. at the Mississippi Bar Center at 643 North State Street in Jackson.

Supreme Court calls for domestic abuse study
May 30, 2008

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ordered a comprehensive study of laws and rules related to domestic abuse.

Justices to present $180,000 from Civil Legal Assistance Fund
May 23, 2008

Members of the Mississippi Supreme Court will soon deliver checks totaling $180,000 from the Civil Legal Assistance Fund to help poor people seek civil legal representation.

Change in Location for All Oral Arguments before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals
May 20, 2008

Change in Location for All Oral Arguments before the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals. Ongoing repairs from recent water damage render both courtrooms in the new Carroll Gartin Justice Building unusable until further notice.

Gartin Justice Building sustains water damage
May 7, 2008

The new Gartin Justice Building in Jackson experienced widespread flooding on all floors during the late evening of Tuesday, May 6, or early morning hours of Wednesday, May 7.

Rule of Law Conference will be rescheduled
May 7, 2008

The Rule of Law Conference previously scheduled for May 14 at the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson has been postponed. The conference is expected to be rescheduled for a later date. No new date has been announced.

Drug Court conference to be held in Biloxi May 5-7
May 2, 2008

Media military analyst and former national drug policy director Barry McCaffrey is among the speakers scheduled for the Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals annual conference in Biloxi. McCaffrey will speak at 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, in the Magnolia Room at the Beau Rivage Hotel.

Judge Carlton to receive Meritorious Service Medal
April 14, 2008

The U.S. Army Reserve 3rd Personnel Command will present the Meritorious Service Medal to Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Virginia Carlton at a ceremony in Jackson on Sunday, April 27. The presentation will be at 11 a.m. at the Walter Scott Reserve Center at 180 Walter Bernard Avenue in Jackson.

Access to Justice public hearing is April 18 in Gulfport
April 9, 2008

Unmet civil legal needs of low-income Mississippians will be the topic of a public hearing April 18 at the Good Deeds Community Center at 15101 Madison Street in Gulfport. The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission will hear testimony from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Court of Appeals schedules oral arguments at University of Mississippi School of Law
April 8, 2008

A panel of judges of the Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene court in Oxford at the University of Mississippi School of Law to hear law students argue two cases on April 22.

19th Circuit Drug Court graduation is April 10 in Lucedale
April 7, 2008

The 19th Circuit Drug Court will celebrate a graduation at 6 p.m. April 10 in the second floor courtroom at the George County Courthouse, 355 Cox Street in Lucedale.

Justice Graves to speak at Drug Court graduation
February 22, 2008

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice James E. Graves Jr. will be the keynote speaker Feb. 28 in Natchez at a graduation ceremony for the Sixth Judicial Circuit Adult Drug Court. The ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. in the Sunset Ballroom at the Isle of Capri Hotel at 645 South Canal Street.

Access to Justice Commission to meet Feb. 25
February 22, 2008

The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission during a Feb. 25 meeting in Jackson will review developments in a public awareness program designed to call attention to the civil legal needs of poor people.

Copiah County Courthouse undergoes restoration
February 5, 2008

Copiah County Circuit Court is conducting its proceedings in alternative facilities while the historic courthouse in Hazlehurst undergoes renovation.

Supreme Court appoints special judge for Hinds County Circuit Court
February 4, 2008

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed a fourth special judge to assist the Seventh Circuit Court of Hinds County with its criminal docket.

Justices to present $150,000 from Civil Legal Assistance Fund
January 31, 2008

Members of the Mississippi Supreme Court will soon deliver checks totaling $150,000 to civil legal assistance programs which help poor people seek access to justice.

Supreme Court appoints special judge for Hinds County Circuit Court
January 25, 2008

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed a third special judge to assist the Seventh Circuit Court of Hinds County with its criminal docket, and will soon appoint a fourth.

SEE SPECIAL NOTICE ABOUT FEBRUARY RELOCATION OF APPELLATE COURTS, BOARD OF BAR ADMISSIONS AND RELATED OFFICES
January 10, 2008

Notice about February Relocation of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Board of Bar Admissions, and Related Offices. From Friday, February 8, 2008, through Monday, February 11, 2008, the Supreme Court of Mississippi, the Court of Appeals, the Board of Bar Admissions, and related offices are scheduled to move into the new Gartin Building. This move will affect the courts’ services and activities in several ways.

Supreme Court and Court of Appeals will move to new building in February
January 10, 2008

The Mississippi Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Supreme Court Clerk, Administrative Office of Courts, Board of Bar Admissions and the Commission on Continuing Legal Education are moving into a new building starting Friday, Feb. 8.

Task Force begins work on uniform rules of procedure for Youth Courts
January 8, 2008

The Task Force for Youth Court Rules of Procedure convened on Jan. 7 in Jackson to discuss uniform rules for the state’s Youth Courts.