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IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-22
September 2, 2021

From the onset of the national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) in March 2020, the Court has issued a series of Emergency Administrative Orders to address the changing circumstances and the evolving guidance provided by health authorities. In these Orders, the Court has sought to properly balance individual rights, public health and safety, and the constitutional requirement that Mississippi state courts remain open and accessible. See Miss. Const. art. 3, §§ 24-25.

Chief Justice issues emergency order regarding COVID-19
September 2, 2021

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued an emergency order on Thursday, Sept. 2, extending the time for COVID-19 safeguards in all courts.

Judges seek public’s help in keeping courts open
September 2, 2021

The Mississippi Judiciary is collaborating with the Mississippi State Department of Health in a public health and safety awareness campaign regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel announces retirement
September 2, 2021

Rankin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel announced that he will retire Sept. 30.

Retired Chancellor Norman L. Gillespie died August 29
September 1, 2021

Retired Chancellor Norman L. Gillespie died peacefully at his home in Oxford on Aug. 29. He was 87.

Retired Circuit Judge Michael Eubanks died August 21
August 27, 2021

Retired Circuit Judge Michael R. Eubanks of Lumberton died Aug. 21 at his home, surrounded by family, after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 80.

Retired Chancellor Edward G. Cortright Jr. died August 11
August 13, 2021

Retired Chancery Judge Edward G. Cortright Jr. died Aug. 11. He was 94.

E-mail Scam Alert
August 9, 2021

State judges have reported receiving e-mail containing fake or fraudulent invoices claiming to be charges for Westlaw online legal research.

Hinds County Youth Court implements early truancy intervention
August 9, 2021

Hinds County Youth Court Judge Carlyn Hicks has created a truancy early intervention program that aims to identify kids who skip school and keep them in classes and out of trouble.

Chief Justice Randolph to administer professionalism oath to law students
August 9, 2021

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph will administer the Oath of Professionalism to new law students entering Mississippi College School of Law during an orientation program Aug. 10 at the campus in downtown Jackson.

Chief Justice issues emergency order regarding COVID-19
August 6, 2021

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph issued an emergency order on Thursday, Aug. 5, implementing COVID-19 safeguards in all courts in the state.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-21
August 5, 2021

From the onset of the national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) in March 2020, the Court has issued a series of Emergency Administrative Orders to address the changing circumstances and the evolving guidance provided by health authorities. In these Orders, the Court has sought to properly balance individual rights, public health and safety, and the constitutional requirement that Mississippi state courts remain open and accessible. See Miss. Const. art. 3, §§ 24-25.

New members appointed to Access to Justice Commission
August 4, 2021

Hancock County Court Judge Trent Favre, Harrison County Law Library Director Stephen T. Johnson and Jackson attorneys Cynthia Lee and Julian D. Miller have been appointed to the Access to Justice Commission. Hinds Chancery Judge Tiffany Grove of Raymond and Itawamba County Chancery Clerk Michelle Clouse of Fulton were reappointed to the Commission.

Four appointed to Board of Certified Court Reporters
August 4, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed two new members to the Board of Certified Court Reporters and reappointed two members.

Free family law clinic set for residents of Madison, Holmes, Leake and Yazoo counties
July 26, 2021

Low income residents of Madison, Holmes, Leake and Yazoo counties may receive free civil legal assistance at a family law clinic scheduled for Aug. 27, 9 a.m. to noon, at the Madison County Chancery Courthouse, 146 West Center Street in Canton.

Free family law clinics set for residents of 14th Chancery District
July 26, 2021

Low income residents of Chickasaw, Clay, Lowndes, Noxubee, Oktibbeha and Webster counties may receive free civil legal assistance at family law clinics scheduled for Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.

Hinds Circuit Drug Court graduation set for July 28
July 26, 2021

Twenty-six people are expected to graduate from the Hinds Circuit Drug Intervention Court during a ceremony at 6 p.m. on July 28. The ceremony will be held on the second floor of the Hinds County Courthouse at 407 East Pascagoula Street in Jackson.

Chancellor Jacqueline Mask is recipient of Chief Justice Award
July 16, 2021

Chancellor Jacqueline Mask of Tupelo is this year’s recipient of the Chief Justice Award. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph will present the award today, July 16, at the Mississippi Bar Convention.

Free family law clinic offered July 30 in Jackson
July 13, 2021

A free Family Law Clinic is scheduled for July 30, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on the Third Floor of the Hinds County Chancery Court, 316 South President Street in Jackson.

Hinds Youth Court celebrates 185 children reunited with families
June 25, 2021

One hundred and eighty-five colorful balloons were released Friday morning, June 25, at the Hinds County Youth Court, each representing a child who has been reunited with family during the past year.

Task Force to study and recommend changes in domestic relations laws
June 23, 2021

The 2021 Legislature established a task force to study Mississippi’s domestic relations laws and to develop recommendations to the Legislature and the Mississippi Supreme Court for the purpose of revising Mississippi’s domestic relations laws and rules of court.

Mississippi makes improvements in access to justice
June 9, 2021

Mississippi has made great improvements in providing legal access for the poor in civil disputes, yet there is still much work to do, leaders of the Access to Justice Commission said at the Commission’s 15th Anniversary celebration on June 8.

Classes for stenographic court reporters scheduled for August at PRCC
June 8, 2021

The Courts of Mississippi are pleased to announce Pearl River Community College’s inaugural program for court reporters. Classes are scheduled to begin Aug. 6 at the Hattiesburg campus of Pearl River Community College.

Supreme Court reappoints three to Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education
June 3, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court has reappointed attorneys Sam H. Buchanan of Hattiesburg, Elizabeth Lee Maron of Ridgeland and Robert Michael Tyner Jr. of Sumner to the Commission on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education.

Access to Justice Commission celebrates 15 years of civil legal assistance
June 3, 2021

The Mississippi Access to Justice Commission on June 8 will celebrate 15 years of work to improve civil legal access for the poor. A ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson.

Hinds Youth Intervention Court Celebrates Family Day
May 28, 2021

An aspiring chef, an artistic entrepreneur and a recent high school graduate were among the teens recognized Friday during Family Day at the Hinds County Youth Intervention Court.

Supreme Court appoints Richard Griffin as Marshal
May 26, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed Richard A. Griffin of Brandon as Marshal in charge of security for the Carroll Gartin Justice Building. The appointment is effective June 1.

Judges Luther, Mozingo and Williamson elected to Circuit Conference leadership
May 24, 2021

Circuit Judge Kelly Luther of Ripley was recently elected chair of the Conference of Circuit Court Judges. Circuit Judge Tony Mozingo of Oak Grove was elected vice-chair, and Circuit Judge Dal Williamson of Laurel was elected secretary-treasurer.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-20
May 20, 2021

Since the entry of the Court's first Emergency Administrative Order related to the national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 13, 2020, the Court has strived to balance individual rights, public health and safety, and the constitutional requirement that Mississippi state courts remain open and accessible. See Miss. Const. art 3, §§ 24-25. In doing so, the Court has monitored data provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) with respect to the impact of the pandemic on citizens of our state, along with the evolving guidelines issued by both the MSDH and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and has entered additional Orders as dictated by the changing circumstances.

Greg Snowden to become director of Administrative Office of Courts
May 14, 2021

Former House Speaker Pro Tempore Greg Snowden of Meridian will soon become director of the Administrative Office of Courts. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph said that the new director is expected to assume his duties before the start of the new fiscal year, July 1, 2021.

Presiding Judge Virginia Carlton honored with Rotary Champion of Change Award
May 11, 2021

Mississippi Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Virginia C. Carlton was honored with the Champion of Change Award presented by the Women in Rotary Committee of Rotary District 6820.

Judge Smith Murphey, Judge Stanley Sorey appointed to Commission on Judicial Performance
April 30, 2021

Chief Justice Mike Randolph has appointed Circuit Judge Smith Murphey V of Batesville as a member of the Commission on Judicial Performance and Judge Stanley A. Sorey of Raleigh as an alternate member.

Circuit Judge Brad Mills takes oath of office
April 23, 2021

Judge Brad Mills took the oath of office as the 20th Circuit’s newest judge on April 23.

IN RE: EMERGENCY ORDER RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19): EMERGENCY ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER-19
April 12, 2021

The Court continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and enters Orders as empirical data and changing circumstances dictate. The Court has reviewed regulations regarding travel restrictions in the United States of America.

Power of Hope training scheduled for April 13, 14 and 15 in Oxford, Pearl and Gulfport
April 9, 2021

Court Focused Training programs will be presented on April 13, 14 and 15 by Chan Hellman, Ph.D., a leading researcher in the power of hope to improve the lives of impoverished children and families who have experienced abuse and neglect.

Retired Circuit Judge Breland Hilburn died April 5
April 6, 2021

Retired Hinds County Circuit Judge L. Breland Hilburn of Jackson died Monday, April 5, at University of Mississippi Medical Center of complications from COVID-19. He was 79.

Circuit Judge Randi Mueller takes oath of office on March 11
March 12, 2021

Circuit Judge Randi P. Mueller was sworn in on Thursday, March 11, at a seaside pavilion in Gulfport before a crowd of judges, lawyers, civic leaders, family and friends.

Judge Matthew Sullivan, DA Christopher Hennis sworn in on March 5
March 9, 2021

A large crowd of people gathered in the parking lot outside the Smith County Courthouse in Raleigh on March 5 to watch new Circuit Judge Matthew G. Sullivan and new District Attorney Christopher D. Hennis take their oaths of office.

Judge John Emfinger appointed to Mississippi Court of Appeals
March 4, 2021

Gov. Tate Reeves appointed Judge John H. Emfinger of Brandon to the Mississippi Court of Appeals on March 3. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph swore in Judge Emfinger on the steps of the Governor’s Mansion in Jackson.

Supreme Court makes appointments to State Intervention Courts Advisory Committee
February 12, 2021

The Mississippi Supreme Court recently appointed Circuit Judge Robert P. Krebs of Pascagoula and Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner Gary Young of Jackson to the State Intervention Courts Advisory Committee.

Circuit Judge Eddie Bowen died February 7
February 9, 2021

Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen of Raleigh died Sunday, Feb. 7, of complications from COVID-19. He was 71.

Virtual training in the power of hope scheduled for Jan. 26 and 27
January 21, 2021

Hope is the key to improving outcomes for children and families who have experienced abuse and neglect, says a researcher who works with victims of child maltreatment, domestic violence, homelessness and poverty.

Court of Appeals Judge Joel Smith takes oath
January 19, 2021

Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Joel Smith of Gulfport said on Tuesday, Jan. 19, that he will devote all his energies to serving with honesty, fairness and integrity.

Chief Justice appoints chancellors to Commission on Judicial Performance
January 19, 2021

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph appointed Chancellor Jim Persons of Gulfport as a member of the Commission on Judicial Performance on Jan. 13. The Chief Justice appointed Chancellor Stephen T. Bailey of Tupelo as an alternate member of the judicial disciplinary body.

Court of Appeals Judge Joel Smith to be sworn in Jan. 19
January 14, 2021

Newly appointed Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge Joel Smith Jr. of Gulfport will be sworn in at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.

Chief Justice makes appointments to Commission on Judicial Performance
January 8, 2021

Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph appointed Pearl River County Court Judge Richelle Lumpkin as a member of the Commission on Judicial Performance on Jan. 7. The Chief Justice appointed Ran-kin County Court Judge Kent McDaniel as an alternate member of the judicial disciplinary body.

Chief Justice Randolph, Presiding Justice King and Justice Coleman sworn in to new terms
January 4, 2021

Chief Justice Mike Randolph, Presiding Justice Leslie D. King and Justice Josiah Dennis Coleman took the oath of office on Monday, Jan. 4, to begin their new terms.