Friday, November 16, 2018

Griffis to be COA Chief Judge

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller, Jr. issued the following statement.

Judge T. Kenneth Griffis Jr. will become the next Chief Judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals, Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. announced today.

Judge Griffis, 57, of Ridgeland, will begin his service as administrative head of the Court of Appeals on Jan. 2, 2019. He will take over the leadership position from Court of Appeals Chief Judge L. Joseph Lee, who will retire on Dec. 31.

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court selects the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.

Chief Justice Waller said, “Judge Griffis is a seasoned appellate judge with extensive experience who has always worked for and supported the improvement of the judiciary and the administration of justice. I appreciate his willingness to take on the additional administrative duties of Chief Judge. He will be an outstanding leader as Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals.”

Judge Griffis said, “I thank Chief Justice Waller for his confidence in me in making this appointment. I look forward to continuing the excellence of the Court of Appeals and working with other members of the Court as we meet our responsibility of rendering well-reasoned and timely decisions. I am honored to serve the Court of Appeals in this capacity.”

With the Dec. 31 retirements of Chief Judge Lee and Presiding Judge Tyree Irving, Judge Griffis will become the longest serving member of the Court of Appeals. He has been a member of the court for 16 years. He was elected in November 2002 to District 3, Position 2, and took office in January 2003. Chief Judge Lee selected him as a presiding judge on March 3, 2011.

The Court of Appeals handles cases in three-judge panels, although all 10 judges of the court vote on decisions. Presiding judges preside over the panels during oral arguments and during the internal discussion of cases.

Judge Griffis will become the sixth Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals. The court was created by the Legislature and began hearing cases in January 1995 to relieve a backlog of appeals. It is an intermediate appellate court, deciding cases assigned to it by the Supreme Court.

Judge Griffis is a native of Meridian. He earned accounting and law degrees from the University of Mississippi. He attended Meridian Community College and Mississippi State University - Meridian Branch. He was a Certified Public Accountant from 1984 through 2007.

Judge Griffis is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts of the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, and all Mississippi state courts. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar, the Magnolia Bar Association, the Madison County Bar Association, the Capital Area Bar Association, and the Rankin County Bar Association. Judge Griffis is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

He previously served as a member of the Mississippi Supreme Court's Rules Advisory Committee and as chair of the Bench Bar Committee of the Mississippi Bar. He also served on the Committee on Continuing Judicial Education and the Committee on Electronic Filing and Case Management Systems. He was an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law, Belhaven University, the University of Mississippi School of Law, and Meridian Community College.

Judge Griffis and his wife, Mary Helen Griffis, are the parents of five boys. They live in Ridgeland and attend Christ United Methodist Church. Judge Griffis has served as a youth Sunday School teacher, a Cub Scout leader, and a coach for more than 80 youth sports teams, including baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey.


One Old Lawyer said...

Great choice! Congratulations to Judge Griffis.

Anonymous said...

A fine man and a good judge - Is well deserved. We should all be very thankful that he chooses public service and serves on the bench.

Anonymous said...

Who are the others? Is Leslie King one of them?

Anonymous said...

Great news. Congrats to him.

Anonymous said...

2:32 - no. "Justice" King left the Court of Appeals many, many years ago and was appointed to the Supreme Court. Only been a decade, so guess you just haven't kept up with the CL articles that are piled up in your den waiting for you to read through them for the latest news.

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful man and a great leader for the Court!

Anonymous said...

Great guy! Great judge! Congratulations to Judge Griffis!

Anonymous said...

Judge Griffis is genuinely devoted to a fair and just application of the law. He’s thoughtful, smart, compassionate, and has a strong work ethic - is a great choice to lead the court of appeals.

Anonymous said...

Lawyers don't elect judges, they are elected by people who often are completely unaware of a judge's legal ability and judicial temperament. The people of Mississippi who elected Judge Griffis are very fortunate for him to assume this important position. He has both the ability and temperament for the job.

Professor Klump said...

King was a two-bit school hearing officer-lawyer in Greenville some years back. A perfect example of the Peter Principle. He'll eventually get his shot at a top spot. Nice PERS check comin' round the bend.

And thank God 'lawyers DON'T elect judges'. Judges (many of them) are corrupt enough without corrupt attorneys 'electing' them to fill judge-ships.

Jeff Pittman said...

Congrats, Kenny - one of my old classmates from Meridian.

Anonymous said...

Judge Griffis is a fine judge and better man. I know a couple of attorneys who have clerked for him in the past. Both say he is the best boss they ever had. He writes about 1/3 of all opinions the the COA issues. Would love to see him on the state Supreme Court one day.

Anonymous said...

Great choice! Griffis is outoutstanding

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