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William Waller
Court Information:
Mississippi Supreme Court
Title:   Chief Justice
Position:   District 1, Position 1
Salary:  $126,000 (Presiding Judge $124k)
Active:   1996-2020
Chief:   2009-2020
Past position:   Judge, Jackson municipal court, Mississippi
Past term:   1995-1996
Past position 2:   Partner, Waller and Waller
Past term 2:   1978-1995
Personal History
Born:   February 9, 1952
Undergraduate:   Mississippi State University
Law School:   University of Mississippi, 1977
Candidate 2012:
Candidate for:  Supreme Court
State:  Mississippi
Election information 2012:
Incumbent:  Yes
Election date:  November 6, 2012
Election vote:  55%ApprovedA

William L. Waller, Jr. is the chief justice on the Mississippi Supreme Court. He serves District 1, Place 1. He was elected to the court in November 1996 and his current term ends in 2020. Waller assumed the position of chief justice in January 2009.[1]


Waller received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1977.[1]


Presently assigned to the Retired Reserve, Justice Waller served over 29 years in the Mississippi Army National Guard.[1][2]

Awards and associations


  • 2005: Chief Justice Award


  • Member, Stennis Institute Advisory Board, Mississippi State University
  • Chairman, Mississippi Public Defender Task Force
  • Judicial Innovation Award, Hinds County Bar Association and Jackson Young Lawyers Association[1]



Waller was re-elected on November 6, 2012, defeating Rep. Earle Banks by winning 55% of the vote.[3][4][5][6]

See also: Mississippi judicial elections, 2012

Political ideology

See also: Political ideology of State Supreme Court Justices

In October 2012, political science professors Adam Bonica and Michael Woodruff of Stanford University attempted to determine the partisan ideology of state supreme court justices in their paper, State Supreme Court Ideology and 'New Style' Judicial Campaigns. A score above 0 indicated a more conservative leaning ideology while scores below 0 are more liberal. Waller received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of 1.04, indicating a conservative ideological leaning. This is more conservative than the average CF score of 0.69 that justices received in Mississippi. The study is based on data from campaign contributions by judges themselves, the partisan leaning of contributors to the judges or, in the absence of elections, the ideology of the appointing body (governor or legislature). This study is not a definitive label of a justice, but an academic gauge of various factors.[7]

See also

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