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
Lavar Williams a/k/a Lavar D. Williams a/k/a Levar Daunte' Williams a/k/a Lavar Donta Williams a/k/a Boo Love v. State of Mississippi
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 2019-CT-00169-SCT
Lavar Williams's Petition for Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree to Deny. Order entered 9/27/21.
Kevin Barome Collins a/k/a Kevin Collins a/k/a Kevin B. Collins v. State of Mississippi
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 2019-CT-01760-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by Appellant Kevin Barome Collins, pro se, is denied. To Deny: All Justices. Order entered 9/21/21.
Queen v. Mississippi  
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 2019-KA-01855-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-KA-01855-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Tommie Queen was convicted of three counts of dog fighting in violation of Mississippi Code Section 97-41-19 (Rev. 2014). Queen appealed, arguing: (1) the trial court erred by admitting expert testimony; (2) there was no...

Hillhouse v. Chris Cook Construction, LLC, et al.  
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 2020-CA-00438-SCT
Docket Number: 2020-CA-00438-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Timothy and Rebecca Hillhouse entered into a contract with Chris Cook Construction for the construction of their home. The contract contained an arbitration provision mandating that arbitration be conducted before a foru...

Teresa L. Eichhorn v. The Kroger Company and Kroger Limited Partnership I
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 2020-CT-00040-SCT
Teresa Eichhorn's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Ishee, JJ. To Grant: Griffis, J. Not Participating: Randolph, C.J. Order entered 9/27/21.
Bobby Allred v. State of Mississippi
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 2021-M-00738
Bobby Allred's Application for Leave to Proceed in the Trial Court is denied. Allred is restricted from filing further applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) that are related to these convictions and sentences in forma pauperis. The Clerk of this Court shall not accept for filing any further applications for post-conviction collateral relief (or pleadings in that nature) from Allred that are related to these convictions and sentences unless he pays the applicable docket fee. To Deny With Sanctions: Randolph, C.J., Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., Coleman and Ishee, JJ. King, P.J., Objects to the Order with Separate Written Statement Joined by Kitchens, P.J. Order entered 9/22/21.
David L. Kirk and I. B. Logistics, Inc. v. Ashley Nicole Newton
Date: September 30, 2021
Citation: 2021-TS-00684
Upon consideration of Appellants' Second Emergency Motion for Reduction of Supersedeas Bond Amount and for Immediate Stay of Execution of Judgment filed by David L. Kirk and I. B. Logistics, Inc., and the response and reply, this Court vacates the trial court's July 21, 2021, Order Denying Defendants' Motion to Reduce Amount of Supersedeas Bond on Appeal and, in view of M.R.A.P. 8(b)(1), remands this matter to the trial court, which shall allow the defendants an opportunity to show good cause, if any they can, why a supersedeas bond in an amount less than 125 percent of the amount of the judgment appealed from should be allowed by the trial court in the exercise of its discretion. Upon the trial court's entering its order respecting the amount of a supersedeas bond, this Court's stay of the execution of judgment in this case by order dated August 10, 2021, shall be of no further force or effect. All Justices Agree. Order entered 9/21/21.
Davis v. Henderson  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2018-CT-01184-SCT
Docket Number: 2018-CT-01184-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: The issue presented for the Mississippi Supreme Court's review in this case involved the temporary termination of a father’s child-support obligation. Because the Supreme Court found that the Court of Appeals did not app...

Arsenio Robinson v. State of Mississippi
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2019-CT-01081-SCT
Arsenio Robinson's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. To Deny: Randolph, C.J., Kitchens, P.J., Coleman, Maxwell, Beam, Chamberlin and Griffis, JJ. To Grant: King, P.J., and Ishee, J. Order entered 9/17/21.
Katrina Jackson Champ, Wrongful Death Beneficiary of James Earl Bernard, III, Deceased v. Mississippi Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2019-CT-01434-SCT
Katrina Jackson Champ's Petition for Writ of Certiorari is denied. All Justices Agree. Order entered 9/20/21.
Norris Alexander a/k/a Norris Crawford Alexander a/k/a Bugger v. State of Mississippi
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2019-CT-01612-SCT
The Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed by the State of Mississippi is granted. To Grant: Randolph, C.J., Maxwell, Beam, Ishee and Griffis, JJ. To Deny: Kitchens and King, P.JJ., and Coleman, J. Chamberlin, J., not participating. Order entered 9/14/21.
Obert Law Group, P.A.et al. v. Holt  
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2019-IA-01265-SCT
Docket Number: 2019-IA-01265-SCT

Justia Opinion Summary: Dr. Edwin Holt died tragically by his own hand at age forty-five. He left five minor children. At the time of his death, Dr. Holt was finalizing a divorce in Texas and seeking to have his dental license reinstated in Mis...

Micheal Taylor, Executor of the Estate of Mary Markwell, Deceased v. Cheryl Markwell Tolbert
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2020-CA-00904-SCT
The motion for rehearing filed by the appellant is denied.
The Mississippi Bar v. Kevin C. Angel
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2021-BD-00267-SCT
The Mississippi Bar v. Richard L. Reynolds
Date: September 23, 2021
Citation: 2021-BD-00435-SCT
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