Judicial selection in Mississippi

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Judicial selection in Mississippi
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Mississippi Supreme Court
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   8 years
Mississippi Court of Appeals
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   8 years
Mississippi Circuit Court
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   4 years
Mississippi Chancery Court
Method:   Non-partisan election of judges
Term:   4 years
Mississippi County Court
Method:   Partisan election of judges
Term:   4 years
Mississippi Justice Courts

Supreme Court

Justices of the Mississippi Supreme Court are elected to 8 year terms in a nonpartisan election. All judicial candidates must run in the general election. If a candidate does not receive a majority of the vote, a runoff election between the top two candidates who receive the most votes is held.[1]

If a vacancy on the court occurs, gubernatorial appointment is required.[1]

The chief justice of the court serves their duration of office and is elected by seniority.[1]

In order to join the court, an individual must meet the following qualifications:[1]

  • be a practicing attorney for at least 5 yrs;
  • be the minimum age of 30;
  • be a state citizen for at least 5 yrs.

Court of Appeals

All aspects of the Mississippi Court of Appeals are the same as the Mississippi Supreme Court, excluding the chief justice being elected to a four year term and chosen by a previous chief justice.[1]

Circuit Court

All aspects of the Mississippi Circuit Court are the same as the Mississippi Supreme Court, excluding the Mississippi Circuit Court judges being elected to a four year term, and needing the following qualifications:[1]

  • be a practicing attorney for at least 5 yrs;
  • be the minimum age of 26;
  • be a state citizen for at least 5 yrs;
  • be a district resident.

Chancery Court

There are 48 Chancery Court judges, serving 20 Chancery Court districts in the state. Judges serve four year terms and are elected in non-partisan elections.[2]

In order to serve on the Court, one must be:

  • a practicing attorney for at least five years;
  • at least 26 years of age;
  • a citizen of Mississippi for at least five years; and
  • a resident of the district one would represent.[3]

Justice Court

Justice Court judges are elected in partisan elections and serve four-year terms.[4]

History of judicial selection

In 1832, Mississippi became the first state to elect all of its judges.[5]

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