Mississippi Court of Appeals
The Mississippi Court of Appeals is the intermediate-level appellate court for the state of Mississippi. The court was created by the Mississippi Legislature to relieve a backlog of cases in the Supreme Court of Mississippi, and commenced operations in 1995.
The Mississippi Court of Appeals hears and decides appeals from the various trial courts of the state. The cases the court hears are assigned to it by the Supreme Court of Mississippi, and generally concern issues in which the law is already settled, but the facts are in dispute. The Supreme Court may review Court of Appeals decisions, but if the Supreme Court declines review, the decision of the Court of Appeals stands.
The court's ten judges are elected from five districts, which coincided with Mississippi's congressional districts prior to Mississippi's losing one district in 2000. Some of the state's counties are divided between districts. However, the districts are not jurisdictional: appeals from all over the state go to the Supreme Court and may be deflected by it to the Court of Appeals.
As of 2011, there are ten judges on the Mississippi Court of Appeals:
- Chief Judge L. Joseph Lee
- Presiding Judge Tyree Irving
- Presiding Judge T. Kenneth Griffis
- Judge William H. Myers
- Judge Larry E. Roberts
- Judge Donna M. Barnes
- Judge David M. Ishee
- Judge Virginia C. Carlton
- Judge Jimmy Maxwell
- Judge Celoa James