Mississippi Supreme Court elections

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There are nine justices on the Mississippi Supreme Court, each elected to eight-year terms in nonpartisan elections. All candidates must run in the general election (as Mississippi holds no primary for judicial candidates) and must face re-election if they wish to serve again.[1]

Unlike most states, supreme court justices in Mississippi are elected to represent specific districts. The nine justices are divided among three supreme court districts (not to be confused with the 22 divisions of the circuit courts) and are voted into office by the residents of their respective regions.[2] Only the states of Illinois, Kentucky and Louisiana use a similar system.

The court's chief justice is selected by seniority. He or she serves until retirement, at which point the justice with the next most judicial experience becomes chief.[1]


To serve on this court, a judge must be:

  • a practicing attorney for at least 5 yrs;
  • a minimum of 30 years old;
  • a state citizen for at least 5 yrs.[1]


If a midterm vacancy occurs on the court, a temporary judge is named by the governor. Appointees will serve the remainder of their predecessor's unexpired term if four years or fewer of the term remain; if there are more than four years remaining, the appointee will run in the next general election taking place nine months or more after the vacancy occurs and then serve the remainder of the term.[1]




See also: Mississippi judicial elections, 2012

CandidateIncumbencyOfficeElection Vote
Earle Banks       
ColemanJosiah Coleman   ApprovedANoDistrict 3, Position 358%   ApprovedA
KingLeslie King   ApprovedAYesDistrict 1, Position 2100%   ApprovedA
RandolphMike Randolph   ApprovedAYesDistrict 2, Position 377%   ApprovedA
PhillipsRichard T. Phillips    NoDistrict 3, Position 342%   DefeatedD
BraddockTalmadge Braddock    NoDistrict 2, Position 323%   DefeatedD
WallerWilliam Waller   ApprovedAYesDistrict 1, Position 155%   ApprovedA

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