Mississippi Supreme Court elections
There are nine justices on the Mississippi Supreme Court, each elected to eight-year terms. 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. For more information about these elections, visit the Mississippi judicial elections page.
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. Only the states of Illinois, Kentucky and Louisiana use a similar system.
To serve on this court, a judge must be:
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.
See also: Mississippi judicial elections, 2012
See also: Mississippi judicial elections, 2010
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- State of Mississippi Judiciary, "Supreme Court; Districts," accessed May 14, 2014