The Clarion-Ledger reports today on the record-breaking class of new judges taking office in January. According to the article:
…40 new judges who will take the bench across the state, the largest number of new judges in modern times….
The new judges include 18 chancery judges, nine circuit judges, 10 County Court judges and three Court of Appeals judges. They will be sworn in Jan. 7.
The new judges have spent this week at the Mississippi Judicial College:
Mississippi Judicial College Executive Director Randy G. Pierce, a former chancery judge and state Supreme Court justice, said the training teaches the incoming judges to begin the process of thinking like a judge, not an advocate lawyer.
“I remember when I took the bench as a new judge,” Pierce said in a statement. “When I put that robe on, I had butterflies. However, the training and resources I received from the Judicial College were invaluable.”
With that many new students, the judicial college’s lawyers/judges bowling league team will be stacked.
That combined with Justice Ishee’s promotion to the Supreme Court, and the Court of Appeals’ streak of league titles is in serious jeopardy. Newly appointed Chief Judge Kenny Griffis has got to be feeling the pressure.