Like many states, Mississippi doesn’t have just one method of judicial selection. It has 4.
- Nonpartisan thanks to a major reform effort in 1994 Nonpartisan Judicial Elections Act (Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Circuit, Chancery, County)
- Partisan (Justice)
- Appointment and reappointment (Municipal Courts in municipalities over 10,000)
- Optional elections (Municipal Courts in municipalities under 10,000)
And like many states Mississippi is engaged in a debate of how best to place judges on the various benches.
HB 496: revert to partisan elections for courts currently subject to nonpartisan races. The Speaker of the House voiced his support for a return to pre-1994 partisan judicial elections. Nevertheless, the bill was tabled (i.e. killed) last week in the House Judiciary A committee.
HB 960: require municipal court judges be elected in municipalities over 10,000. Continue local-option of election vs. appointment in municipalities under 10,000. In House Apportionment and Elections committee.
HB 1256: make Justice court races nonpartisan. Mandate that position is part-time and allow judges of the court to practice law. In House Judiciary A committee.