Mississippi bill gives chief justice power to name judge in election dispute cases; judge must not be a local

Election disputes in Mississippi may start to look a little different in the coming years. HB 649, as approved by the House Apportionment and Elections Committee last week, would give the Chief Justice the power to designate a judge to hear the contest. The judge selected, based on a list of all judges in the state compiled by the Supreme Court, must be from outside the district, subdistrict, county, or counties involved in the dispute. The judge so designated would be required proceed to hear the case at the earliest possible date.

The bill now goes to the full House.