Mississippi Court of Appeals

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The Mississippi Court of Appeals is the intermediate-level appellate court for Mississippi. The court was created by the Mississippi Legislature to relieve a backlog of cases in the Mississippi Supreme Court; it commenced operations in 1995.

The Mississippi Court of Appeals hears and decides appeals from the various trial courts of the state. The cases the court hears are assigned to it by the state supreme court and generally relate to issues where the law is already settled but the facts are in dispute. For this reason, it is known as an "error correction court." The supreme court may review appellate court decisions, but if the supreme court declines review, the decision of the court of appeals stands.

The court's geographic jurisdiction is divided into five districts. Some of the state's counties are divided between districts.[1]


Judges of this court are typically listed by seniority. Click the arrows in the "Term" column to sort judges by their dates of service.

Mississippi Court of Appeals
Court information
Judges:   9
Founded:   1995
Salary:   $115,000[2]
Judicial selection
Method:   Nonpartisan election of judges
Term:   8 years


Judges of the Mississippi Court of Appeals

There are ten judges on the Mississippi Court of Appeals. Nonpartisan elections are staggered so that not all positions are up for election at one time. Court of Appeals judges serve eight-year terms.

JudgeTermAppointed by
Judge Ceola James2013-2020
Chief judge Joseph Lee1998-2018
Presiding Judge Tyree Irving1998-2018
Presiding Judge T. Kenneth Griffis2002-2022
Judge Donna Barnes2004-2018Gov. Haley Barbour
Judge David Ishee2004-presentGov. Haley Barbour
Judge Larry Roberts (Mississippi)2006-2015Gov. Haley Barbour
Judge Virginia Carlton2007-2022
Judge Eugene Fair2012-2020Gov. Haley Barbour
Judge Jimmy Maxwell2009-2022Gov. Haley Barbour
Judge Gene Fair2011-presentGov. Haley Barbour

Former judges


District 1

  • Includes the counties of Alcorn, Benton, Calhoun, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Desoto, Grenada (split with District 2), Itawamba, Lafayette, Lee Marshall, Monroe, Montgomery, Oktibbeha (split with District 3), Panola (split with District 2), Pontotoc, Prentiss, Tallahatchie (split with District 2), Tate, Tippah, Tishominto, Union, Webster, and Yalobusha.


District 2

  • Includes the counties of Attala (split with District 3), Bolivar, Carroll, Claiborne, Coahoma, Grenada (split with District 1), Hinds (split with District 4), Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Leake (split with District 3), Leflore, Madison (split with District 3), Montgomery (split with District 1), Panola (split with District 1), Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie (split with District 1), Tunica, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo.


District 3

  • Includes the counties of Attala (split with District 2), Clarke, Clay, Jasper, Jones (split with District 4), Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake (split with District 2), Lowndes, Madison (split with District 2), Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Oktibbeha (split with District 1), Rankin, Scott, Smith, Wayne (split with District 5) and Winston.


District 4

  • Includes the counties of Adams, Amite, Copiah, Covington, Franklin, Hinds (split with District 2), Jefferson Davis, Jones (split with District 3), Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pike, Simpson, Walthall and Wilkinson.


District 5

  • Includes the counties of Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Lamar, Pearl River, Perry, Stone, Wayne (split with District 3).


See also

External links


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Unopposed  Judge Jimmy Maxwell (District 1, Position 1)
Unopposed  Judge T. Kenneth Griffis (District 3, Position 2)
Unopposed  Judge Virginia Carlton (District 4, Position 1)


CandidateIncumbencyOfficeElection Vote
JamesCeola James   ApprovedANoDistrict 2, Position 263%   ApprovedA
RussellErmea Russell    YesDistrict 2, Position 237%   DefeatedD
FairEugene Fair   ApprovedAYesDistrict 5, Position 1   ApprovedA