Mississippi Supreme Court
Judicial Selection Method: Election (Nonpartisan)
9 Justices
8 year terms
State High Court Judicial Selection Process Legal Authority

  • Candidates are placed on general election ballots.
  • The candidate who receives the majority of votes in a district-wide election is elected to the Supreme Court of Mississippi.
  • If no one receives a majority, the two candidates with the highest number of votes are placed on a ballot for a second selection two weeks later.
  • The State is divided into three supreme court districts, and three Justices are elected from each of the three supreme court districts.

Interim Vacancies

  • The Governor fills vacancies that happen during the recess of the senate in the office of judge or chancellor, by making a temporary appointment of an incumbent, which shall expire at the end of the next session of the senate, unless a successor shall be sooner appointed and confirmed by the senate.
  • When a temporary appointment of a judge or chancellor has been made during the recess of the senate, the Governor does not have power to remove the person or appointee, nor power to withhold his name from the senate for their action.
  • Judicial Election

    Judges are elected by popular vote.
  • Democratic Appointment

    Judges are appointed directly by a democratic body, or appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of some democratic body.