Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill, a former state court prosecutor and Jackson city councilman, announced his candidacy today for the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

“I have been honored to serve the people of Mississippi for more than 11 years as a circuit court judge presiding over the most active civil and criminal docket in the state, and as a city councilman,” Judge Weill said.  “As a judge my focus has always been on public safety.  By vigorously moving the criminal trial dockets forward hundreds of violent criminals can no longer terrorize our streets and homes.”

Judge Weill has presided in more than 130 jury trials to verdict during his eight years on the bench, and over 100 of those were criminal trials involving major felonies. Judge Weill also brings a wealth of civil litigation experience to the appellate bench, as a trial judge, a former litigator and a Harvard trained mediator.  He served as judge in the largest and most complex state court civil litigation to date and authored more than 60 opinions in that case alone.

As a former assistant district attorney for District Attorney Dunn Lampton in Pike, Lincoln, Walthall and Copiah Counties, Judge Weill prosecuted hundreds of criminal cases throughout southwestern Mississippi.