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Greenlee retiring from Mississippi Court of Appeals

By: Frank Corder - May 21, 2024

Judge Jim Greenlee (Photo from the Administrative Office of Courts)

  • Governor Tate Reeves will appoint a judge to fill the vacancy until a special election is held in November 2026.

Judge Jim Greenlee, 72, announced in April that he would be retiring from the 10-member Mississippi Court of Appeals, effective June 30th. He has served on the court since 2016.

Governor Tate Reeves will make an appointment to fill the vacancy on the court, with a special election expected in November 2026.

Judge Greenlee was appointed to the court by former Governor Phil Bryant in January 2016, after former Court of Appeals Judge James Maxwell was appointed to the state Supreme Court. Greenlee went on to be elected to the bench twice without opposition.

According to the Administrative Office of Courts, Greenlee has more than 42 years of government service, having served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve, and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Mississippi appointed by former President George W. Bush before he joined the Court of Appeals.

In a letter sent to Governor Reeves regarding his retirement, Greenlee said it has been a privilege to serve the people of the state of Mississippi alongside the other Judges and staff at the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

The Mississippi Senate honored Judge Greenlee with a resolution commending his service during the recent legislative session.

“Judge Greenlee has served as a leader and mentor in the administration of justice in Mississippi, and consistently lectured on the professional standards of the practice, including ethics, integrity, civility, courtesy and adherence to the Golden Rule,” the Senate resolution stated. “Judge Greenlee’s career has honored both the Mississippi Bar and this great state that he served.”

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father. Email Frank: