This page is about the Mississippi Supreme Court Justice. If you are looking for information on the Mississippi Circuit Court Judge, see James T. Kitchens.
|Current Court Information:|
|Mississippi Supreme Court|
|Title: || Associate Justice|
|Active: || 2008-2016|
|Past position: || Attorney, private practice|
|Past term: || 1982-2008|
|Past position 2: || District Attorney, Mississippi Fourteenth Judicial District|
|Past term 2: || 1971-1982|
|Born: || April 29, 1943|
|Undergraduate: || University of Southern Mississippi, 1964|
|Law School: || University of Mississippi, 1967|
Jim "Kitch" Kitchens is an associate justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court. He was elected in 2008 and his current term ends in 2016.
Kitchens received a B.S. degree in 1964 from the University of Southern Mississippi and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1967.
Kitchens won 53.4% of the vote, defeating sitting Chief Justice James W. Smith.
||No||District 1, Position 3||53.4%|
|James W. Smith
||Yes||District 1, Position 3||36%|
||No||District 1, Position 3||10.4%|
- 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. Kitchens received a Campaign finance score (CFscore) of -0.46, indicating a liberal ideological leaning. This is more liberal 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.