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
Sedrick Buchanan and Armand Jones a/k/a Armond Jones a/k/a A.J. Jones v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 22, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01082-SCT
Armand Jones's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is granted. To Grant: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Randolph, C.J. Order entered.
Wilbur M. Washington, Jr. and Hazel M. Washington v. West Quality Food Services, Inc.
Date: October 22, 2020
Citation: 2017-CT-01532-SCT
Wilbur M. Washington, Jr. and Hazel M. Washington's Petition for Writ of Certiorari to Review the Decision of the Court of Appeals for the State of Mississippi is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered.
Estate of Roy Sumrall and Estate of Della Sumrall v. Singing River Health System
Date: October 22, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-01260-SCT
The Estate of Roy Sumrall and the Estate of Della Sumrall's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 10/14/20.
Herman Fowler d/b/a Fowler Construction Company v. David Rogers
Date: October 22, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-01532-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Herman Fowler d/b/a Fowler Construction Company is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam and Chamberlin, JJ. To Grant: Ishee and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 10/14/20.
Matthew Jonathan Moberg a/k/a Matthew J. Moberg a/k/a Matthew Moberg v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 22, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-01726-SCT
Matthew Moberg's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree to Deny. Order entered 10/14/20.
Delta Electric Power Association v. Archie Campbell, et al.
Date: October 22, 2020
Citation: 2019-CA-00206-SCT
The Motion for Rehearing filed by Appellees is denied. Randolph, C.J., and Kitchens, P.J., not participating.
Stone v. Mississippi  
Date: October 22, 2020
Citation: 2019-KA-01082-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-KA-01082-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Dex Hunter Stone was indicted for sexual battery and lustful touching of a child. A jury acquitted him of sexual battery but found him guilty of lustful touching of a child. The Circuit Court sentenced Stone to ten years...

Mikeal Ray Hollis v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 22, 2020
Citation: 2019-KA-01624-SCT
Special Assistant Attorney General Zakia Butler shall file an affidavit consistent with this order with this Court on or before October 30, 2020. All Justices Agree. Order entered 10/14/20.
The Mississippi Bar v. Jeffrey Dixon Knight
Date: October 22, 2020
Citation: 2020-BD-00428-SCT
Zundria D. Crawford v. The Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions
Date: October 15, 2020
Citation: 2018-CC-00959
The Motion for Reconsideration and to Stay or Suspend the Briefing Schedule filed by Zundria D. Crawford, pro se is denied. The Motion to Show Cause and to Stay or Suspend the Briefing Schedule filed by Zundria D. Crawford, pro se is denied. If the Appellant's Brief in this matter is not filed within fourteen (14) days of the entry of this En Banc Order, this appeal shall be dismissed. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 10/12/20.
Jerry P. Roark, Jr. a/k/a Jerry Roark a/k/a Jerry P. Roark v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 15, 2020
Citation: 2018-CT-01347-SCT
Jerry Roark's Petition for Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Beam and Ishee, JJ. To Grant: Maxwell, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. Order entered 10/12/20.
Jones v. Mississippi  
Date: October 15, 2020
Citation: 2018-KA-01721-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-KA-01721-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Michael Ray Jones was convicted by jury of aggravated assault. Jones appeals, arguing that the prosecution’s comments on his refusal to give a statement violated his constitutional right to remain silent. Additionally, J...

Tracie L. Hardy v. Xanitos, Inc. and North River Insurance Company
Date: October 15, 2020
Citation: 2019-CT-00016-SCT
Tracie L. Hardy's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 10/06/20.
Arthur Wilde v. State of Mississippi
Date: October 15, 2020
Citation: 2019-CT-00416-SCT
The Petition for a Writ of Certiorari filed pro se by Arthur Wilde is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 10/12/20.
In Re: Administrative Orders of the Supreme Court of Mississippi
Date: October 15, 2020
Citation: 2020-AD-00001-SCT
En banc order directing the disbursement of $139.535.06 in civil legal assistance funds among the MS Volunteer Lawyers Project, North MS Rural Legal Services, and MS Center for Legal Services. Order entered 10/7/20.</ul><br><hr>
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