Jess H. Dickinson

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Jess Hays Dickinson
Associate Justice on Supreme Court of Mississippi
Assumed office
Forrest Circuit Court Judge
Personal details
Born 1947 (age 67–68)
Charleston, Mississippi
Spouse(s) Janet

"I call 'Equal Justice' a concept because I do not believe it is a reality." -Dickinson, February 1, 2007


The Hon. Jess Hays Dickinson (born 1947) is a Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court of Mississippi. He represents District 2 Place 1.


Early life[edit]

Jess Hays Dickinson was born in Charleston, Mississippi. His mother was Laura Augusta Hays (1920–2008). He has a brother, Leonard Lee Dickinson III.[2]

He earned a Bachelor's degree from Mississippi State University in 1978, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1982.[3]


He practiced law in Jackson and Gulfport before serving as a Forrest Circuit Court Judge. He joined the Supreme Court in January 2004. He has been a member of the adjunct faculty of both William Carey College and the Mississippi College School of Law, as well as serving on two committees for the Mississippi Bar. Dickinson is a charter member of the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He is married and has four sons.[2] Dickinson is an accomplished musician and skilled in over 30 instruments, and he is currently a member of the local Mississippi bluegrass and folk band "Bluegrass Appeal." [4]


  1. ^ Jess H., Dickinson (February 1, 2007). "Why Courts Should Care About Self-Represented Litigants" (PDF). p. 4. Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b "Jess H. Dickinson". Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
  3. ^ a b "Associate Justice Jess H. Dickinson District 2 Place 1". Retrieved 2009-02-10. 
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