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Supreme Court says farewell to Justice Carlson
December 14, 2012

Friends and colleagues of retiring Presiding Justice George C. Carlson Jr. described him as a model public servant, faithful Christian and dedicated family man.

Retirement ceremony for Presiding Justice George C. Carlson Jr. is Dec. 13
December 12, 2012

The Mississippi Supreme Court will honor Presiding Justice George C. Carlson Jr. at a retirement ceremony at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, in the En Banc Courtroom at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson. A reception will follow in the second floor lobby.

Harrison County Youth Court has state’s first court-based GED, wellness programs
December 6, 2012

Harrison County leads the state in reuniting children with families after allegations of abuse, neglect or delinquency require intervention by the Department of Human Services and the Youth Court.

Harrison County Youth Court celebrates GED, wellness programs
November 29, 2012

Harrison County Youth Court is addressing health and education needs of troubled children and their families by offering wellness and GED programs.

Court of Appeals to convene at Mississippi State University Nov. 13
November 9, 2012

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the campus of Mississippi State University at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 13. A three-judge panel of the court will convene at the Hunter Henry Center on the Starkville campus.

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice William Joel Blass died Oct. 23
October 23, 2012

Former Mississippi Supreme Court Justice William Joel Blass of Pass Christian died Tuesday, Oct. 23, four days after his 95th birthday.

Model Jury Instructions Commission to present plain language report Oct. 24
October 22, 2012

Jury service comes with instructions, and a group of judges, lawyers and legal scholars have spent more than three years working to make those instructions easier to follow.

Model National Drug Court leader speaks to graduates Oct. 22 in Hernando
October 16, 2012

A leader in the national drug court movement will speak to graduation ceremonies of the 17th Circuit Drug Court and the DeSoto County Juvenile Drug Court on Oct. 22 in Hernando. The adult Drug Court graduation is scheduled for 2 p.m. in the main courtroom at the DeSoto County Courthouse at 2535 U.S. Highway 51. The juvenile Drug Court graduation is scheduled for 5 p.m. in Courtroom No. 4 at the DeSoto County Courthouse.

Commission on Children’s Justice public hearing is Oct. 18 in Jackson
October 16, 2012

The Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice will conduct a public hearing Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Gartin Justice Building, 450 High Street in Jackson.

Oct. 4 Open House set for new Drug Court facility in Walnut Grove
October 2, 2012

The Eighth Circuit Drug Court will host an Open House 3:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at its new office at 155 Main Street in Walnut Grove.

Court of Appeals to convene at Mississippi Valley State Oct. 9
October 1, 2012

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the campus of Mississippi Valley State University at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Oct. 9. A three-judge panel of the court will convene at the Social Science Building at 14000 Highway 82 West in Itta Bena.

Juvenile Detention and Alternatives Task Force to meet Oct. 5 in Natchez
October 1, 2012

The Juvenile Detention and Alternatives Task Force will meet at 11 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Jefferson Street United Methodist Church at 511 Jefferson Street in Natchez.

Court of Appeals to convene at USM Oct. 4
September 27, 2012

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 4. A three-member panel of the court will convene at the Thad Cochran Center at 118 College Drive in Hattiesburg.

Adoption Day celebration September 27 in Pascagoula
September 24, 2012

The16th Chancery Court will celebrate a special Adoption Day on September 27 at the Jackson County Courthouse in Pascagoula.

Court of Appeals to convene at Jones County Junior College Sept. 11; Other campus visits slated for October and November
September 6, 2012

The Mississippi Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments on the campus of Jones County Junior College in Ellisville for the first time on Sept. 11.

Judge Carlton earns Master of Strategic Studies from U.S. Army War College
August 23, 2012

Court of Appeals Judge Virginia Carlton recently graduated from the U.S. Army War College.

Law student orientations emphasize ethics and professionalism
August 6, 2012

Ethics and professionalism are essential to the practice of law. That’s the message which Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. will give students entering two Mississippi law schools.

Justice Carlson receives Chief Justice Award
July 16, 2012

Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice George C. Carlson Jr. of Batesville is the recipient of the 2012 Chief Justice Award.

July 26 Guardianship Clinic set for Hinds County school enrollment
July 18, 2012

Thursday, July 19, is the deadline to make an appointment for free legal assistance to establish guardianships to allow Hinds County children to enroll in school.

Guardianship Clinic will assist with school enrollment in Lee County
July 13, 2012

Free legal assistance will be available July 20 to help establish guardianships to allow Lee County children to enroll in school.

Harrison County officials seek alternatives to juvenile detention
July 9, 2012

The Harrison County Youth Court will hold a kick-off meeting for its Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. July 13 at the Harrison County Youth Court in Gulfport.

Rankin County authorities provide alternatives to juvenile detention
June 28, 2012

Seven Rankin County teens under Youth Court probation supervision are part of the Sheriff’s Department’s running team scheduled to participate June 30 in Gov. Phil Bryant’s 5K Run for Health.

Justice Leslie King admitted to U.S. Supreme Court Bar
June 1, 2012

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Leslie D. King of Greenville was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States during a ceremony in Washington, D.C., on May 29.

Drug Courts of 17th Circuit and Hinds Youth Court win awards
May 21, 2012

The Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals recently honored the 17 Circuit th Drug Court, the Hinds County Youth Drug Court and Hinds County Court Judge William Skinner.

Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals elects officers
May 21, 2012

Tracy Swafford of Cleveland was elected president of the Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals May 10 during the organization’s eighth annual statewide conference in Hattiesburg.

Hope: Partnership works to build better lives for children of troubled families
May 11, 2012

A group of inner-city Jackson elementary school students picked not for academic excellence, but for their need of a math and science boost, took first place statewide the past two years after participating in the Fusion Robotics Team summer program.

Building Communities of Hope program is Thursday, May 10
May 9, 2012

A gathering scheduled for May 10 in Jackson will explore comprehensive approaches to improving the lives of children and families.

Drug Court conference to be held in Hattiesburg May 9-11
May 8, 2012

The growing abuse of non-narcotic medications, aggressive adolescent behavior, suicide and mental health issues are among the discussion topics for the annual Mississippi Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference which begins May 9 in Hattiesburg.

Judge Patten receives Justice Achievement Award
May 7, 2012

The Mississippi Court Administrators Association recently honored Chancery Judge Edward E. Patten Jr. of Hazlehurst as this year’s recipient of the Justice Achievement Award.

Chancery, Circuit, County judge conferences elect officers
May 5, 2012

The Conferences of Chancery, Circuit and County Court Judges elected officers April 26 during the Trial and Appellate Judges Conference in Jackson.

Justice Dickinson to speak at White House legal aid forum
April 16, 2012

Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice Jess H. Dickinson will participate in the White House Forum on the State of Civil Legal Assistance at 1 p.m. (noon Central Standard Time) Tuesday, April 17, at the White House.

Commission on Children’s Justice public hearing is April 20 in Hattiesburg
April 16, 2012

The Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice will conduct a public hearing April 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Trent Lott Center on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg.

Legislature honors African-American women judges
April 13, 2012

The Mississippi Legislature recently honored the state’s first African-American women judges. The concurrent resolution recognized Hinds County Chancellors Denise Owens and Patricia Wise, Fourth District Circuit Judge Betty W. Sanders, Sixth District Circuit Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders, and Court of Appeals Judge Ermea J. Russell.

Justice Randolph, Judge Davidson inducted as Fellows of Mississippi Bar Foundation
April 13, 2012

Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Michael K. Randolph of Hattiesburg and Fourteenth Chancery District Judge H. Jim Davidson Jr. of Columbus have been named Fellows of the Mississippi Bar Foundation.

New members named to Special Committee on Judicial Election Campaign Intervention
April 12, 2012

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

Supreme Court makes appointments to Drug Court Advisory Committee
April 11, 2012

The Mississippi Supreme Court has reappointed five people to the State Drug Court Advisory Committee.

Judge Alfonso receives Public Citizen of the Year Award
April 2, 2012

The National Association of Social Workers Mississippi Chapter recently honored Harrison County Court Judge Margaret Alfonso with its Public Citizen of the Year Award. The award was presented March 22 during the Social Work Matters Conference in Natchez.

Justice George Carlson to be honored by MSU
March 21, 2012

Supreme Court Presiding Justice George C. Carlson Jr. of Batesville is the recipient of Mississippi State University’s Distinguished Jurist Award for 2012.

Media logistics for February 9 Mississippi Supreme Court oral arguments
February 3, 2012

The Mississippi Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for 9 a.m. Feb. 9 in the case of In Re: Charles Hooker, David Gatlin, Nathan Kern and Anthony McCray, Cause No. 2012-IA-0166-SCT, which involves gubernatorial pardons.

Veterans Court addresses special needs
January 26, 2012

Circuit Judge Robert Krebs is expanding the 19 Circuit Drug Court to include a th Veterans Court program to address the needs of military veterans in Jackson, George and Greene counties.

Judicial pay raise proposal to be discussed Jan. 24
January 20, 2012

The need for judicial pay raises will be the topic of a panel discussion at noon Jan. 24 at the Capital Club in Jackson. The Capital Area Bar Association will host the discussion during its Bench and Bar Relations CLE luncheon.

Court of Appeals Judge Eugene Fair takes oath
January 6, 2012

Judge Eugene L. Fair Jr. at his investiture to the Court of Appeals of the State of Mississippi on Friday said the Boy Scouts pledge fits what he must do as a judge.

Presiding Justice Dickinson takes oath to start new term
January 3, 2012

Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice Jess H. Dickinson of Gulfport took the oath of office Tuesday, Jan. 3, to begin a new eight-year term on the court. Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. gave him the oath of office.