Supreme Court of Mississippi Decisions

The Supreme Court of Mississippi reviews decisions in the Mississippi Court of Appeals, as well as decisions in the chancery, circuit, and county courts. It holds exclusive jurisdiction over cases of first impression and cases that implicate issues of broad public interest. In addition, the Court holds exclusive jurisdiction over cases in certain areas, including capital punishment, challenges to an election or the constitutionality of a law, questions certified by a federal court to the Supreme Court, and disciplinary proceedings in the legal profession.

The qualifications for serving on the Supreme Court of Mississippi are defined by Article VI, Section 150 of the Mississippi Constitution of 1890. A candidate must be at least 30 years old, a practicing attorney, and a citizen of Mississippi for at least five years. The nine justices on the Court are elected from three judicial districts in non-partisan elections. Each justice serves an eight-year term. Mississippi ensures that elections are staggered so that not all nine seats are open at the same time. Among the nine justices, there is one Chief Justice, two Presiding Justices, and six Associate Justices. Seniority on the Court determines how the justices are distributed among those roles.

When a seat becomes open, the Governor of Mississippi can appoint a new justice to fill the seat. However, their tenure lasts only for the rest of the current term. The interim justice must run for the seat in the next election if they want to remain on the Court. A justice may be removed if two-thirds of the Mississippi House of Representatives votes to impeach them, and two-thirds of the Mississippi Senate votes to remove them. The Governor also may remove a justice upon the joint address of two-thirds of both houses of the legislature. Finally, a justice may be removed after the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance recommends their removal. This involves a two-thirds vote by secret ballot of a tribunal of seven circuit or chancery judges, chosen by lot.

Browse Opinions From the Supreme Court of Mississippi

Recent Decisions From the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Thomas Edwin Loden, Jr. v. State of Mississippi
Date: December 1, 2022
Citation: 2002-DP-00282-SCT
Kimberlyn Seals, Felecia Perkins, Esq., Jessica Ayers, Esq. and Derek D. Hopson, Sr., Esq. v. Ernest B. Stanton, II
Date: December 1, 2022
Citation: 2020-CA-00741-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellants is denied. Kitchens and King, P.JJ., and Coleman, J., would grant.
Kathy Darlene Brewer v. Kemp Bush
Date: December 1, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00214-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Appellant Kathy Darlene Brewer is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 11/16/22.
Julio Gordon v. Christy Dickerson
Date: December 1, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00601-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellee is denied. Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., would grant.
Denham v. Denham  
Date: December 1, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00675-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CT-00675-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: In this divorce and custody case, the chancellor excluded the testimony of the parties’ minor children per se, without first interviewing the children and determining their competency and best interests. The chancellor…

Devonta Pipkin a/k/a Devonta O. Pipkin a/k/a Devonta Orlando Pipkin v. State of Mississippi
Date: December 1, 2022
Citation: 2021-CT-00517-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by counsel for Devonta Pipkin is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 11/15/22.
C.D. Pickle, Jr. a/k/a Clanton D. Pickle Jr. a/k/a C.D. Pickle v. State of Mississippi
Date: December 1, 2022
Citation: 2021-CT-00972-SCT
Writ of Certiorari filed by Petitioner, C.D. Pickle, Jr., is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 11/23/22.
Watercolor Salon, LLC v. Hixon  
Date: December 1, 2022
Citation: 2021-IA-01151-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-IA-01151-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: A Mississippi trial court denied Watercolor Salon LLC’s motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction filed against Watercolor’s former employee Nealie Hixon. The motion was based on an employment,…

James Luster a/k/a James C. Luster III v. State of Mississippi
Date: December 1, 2022
Citation: 2022-M-00248
Application for Leave to Proceed on Filing Petition for Post-Conviction Collateral Relief in the Trial Court filed by James Luster is hereby granted. Luster shall have thirty (30) days from the date of entry of this Order to file a motion for post-conviction collateral relief in the Circuit Court of Adams County, Mississippi. The trial court shall conduct an evidentiary hearing on Luster's claim of "newly-discovered evidence." To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J. Order entered 11/22/22.
Jerry Beale, Jr. a/k/a Jerry Beale a/k/a Jerry Lee Beale a/k/a Jerry Lee Beale Junior a/k/a Jerry Lee Beale, Jr. v. State of Mississippi
Date: November 17, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-00614-SCT
Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Appellant Jerry Lee Beale is granted. To Grant: King, P.J., Coleman, Beam and Ishee, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens, P.J., Maxwell, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 11/9/22.
Stanley Devine and Roger Beardain v. Cardinal Health 110, LLC
Date: November 17, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-01101-SCT
On the parties' Joint Motion to Dismiss Pending Appeal and Petition for Certiorari, the suspension of certiorari proceedings is lifted, and the joint dismissal motion is granted insofar as the certiorari petition is dismissed as moot. The parties must bear their own certiorari-related costs. Order entered 11/10/22.
Jamaltae Adams a/k/a Jamaltal Adams v. State of Mississippi
Date: November 17, 2022
Citation: 2020-CT-01383-SCT
Jamaltae Adams's Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by counsel is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 11/9/22.
Jones County, et al. v. Estate of Jada Bright, et al.  
Date: November 17, 2022
Citation: 2021-IA-00631-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-IA-00631-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: After being arrested twice in a two-day span, once in Lauderdale County (Mississippi) and once in Jones County, for being suspected of driving under the influence and public intoxication, Shelley Rose allegedly drove a…

Fisher v. Mississippi  
Date: November 17, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00828-SCT
Docket Number: 2021-KA-00828-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Robert Fisher appealed his convictions for several drug possession and trafficking charges, and his sentence as a habitual offender. Fisher argued his right to testify was violated, that officers unlawfully searched a…

Cortez Watts v. State of Mississippi
Date: November 17, 2022
Citation: 2021-KA-00873-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied.
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