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
Joseph Bishop Goff v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 17, 2019
Citation: 2009-DR-01394-SCT
This matter is before the Court on the Court's own motion. Goff's counsel and the State must file responses showing cause why Goff's Motion for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court with a Petition for Post-Conviction Relief should not be dismissed as moot based on his death. The responses are due within 14 days from the entry of this order. All Justices Agree. Order entered.
Eric Denorris Kennedy a/k/a Eric D. Kennedy a/k/a Eric Kennedy v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 17, 2019
Citation: 2016-CT-00755-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed pro se by Eric Denorris Kennedy is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered.
Zundria D. Crawford v. The Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions
Date: October 17, 2019
Citation: 2018-CC-00959
The Motion for Reconsideration or, Alternatively, to Amend, Correct or Clarify this Court's Order entered September 6, 2019 filed by Appellant Zundria D. Crawford, pro se, is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered.
Herman Saunders v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 17, 2019
Citation: 2018-CT-00141-SCT
Herman Saunders's pro se Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Order entered.
David Ware a/k/a David Wayne Ware v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 17, 2019
Citation: 2018-CT-00319-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Appellant David Ware, pro se, is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered.
Stevenson v. Mississippi  
Date: October 17, 2019
Citation: 2018-KA-01220-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-01220-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Marquis Stevenson was convicted of first-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for shooting Marvion Leflore in the chest. On appeal, Stevenson argued his convictions were contrary to the weight o...

Terrence O'Neal Boyd v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 2011-M-00416
Cheri Brown-Howle, as Conservator of the Estate and Person of Elaine S. Brown, a Non Compos Mentis v. Community Bank, CitiMortgage, Inc. and Southern Waste Disposal, Inc.
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 2017-CT-00628-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Appellant/Petitioner is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., King, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Grant: Kitchens, P.J., Not Participating: Griffis, J. Order entered.
Timothy Nelson Evans a/k/a Timothy N. Evans a/k/a Timothy Evans a/k/a Tim Evans v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 2017-DR-01385-SCT
The pleading styled Amended Violations Professional Conduct filed by Timothy Nelson Evans, pro se, is denied. The pleading styled Documents Covered Under 1.3 Diligence filed by Timothy Nelson Evans, pro se, is denied. The pleading styled Motion to Grant Co-Counsel Status filed by Timothy Nelson Evans, pro se, is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered.
Ray Virgil, Barbara Lloyd and Cassandra Johnson v. Southwest Mississippi Electric Power Association
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 2018-CA-01133-SCT
The en banc Court, on its own motion, finds supplemental briefing is necessary in this appeal. Both parties shall submit supplemental briefs simultaneously within 30 days of the entry of this order. King, P.J., has no objection. Not Participating: Randolph, C.J., and Kitchens, P.J. Order entered on 10/03/19.
Gregory T. Shelton a/k/a Gregory Shelton v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 2018-CT-00195-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Gregory Shelton is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered.
Larenzo Pettis a/k/a Larenzo Arthur Pettis a/k/a Larenzo A. Pettis v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 2018-CT-00208-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Larenzo Pettis is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered.
In Re: Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 2019-AD-00001-SCT
En banc order directing the disbursement of $161,332.54 in civil legal assistance funds among the MS Volunteer Lawyers Project, North MS Rural Legal Services, and MS Center for Legal Services. Order entered 10/04/19.</ul><br><hr>
In Re: Local Rules
Date: October 10, 2019
Citation: 89-R-99015-SCT
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