Judicial candidates run without party labels, and the six new judges will take office Jan. 1 to serve abbreviated, three-year terms. Starting with the next regularly scheduled judicial elections in 2019, the judges in the new posts will serve regular, four-year terms.
House Bill 703 provides for one new judge each in the:
— 4th Chancery District in Amite, Franklin, Pike and Walthall counties.
— 11th Chancery District in Holmes, Leake, Madison and Yazoo counties.
— 20th Chancery District in Rankin County.
— 12th Circuit District in Forrest and Perry counties.
—13th Circuit District in Covington, Jasper, Simpson, and Smith.
— 15th Circuit District in Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion and Pearl River counties.
— 20th Circuit District in Madison and Rankin counties….
…Currently, Mississippi has 49 chancery judges in 20 districts. That moves up to 52 judges in the same number of districts.