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State of Mississippi

Judicial Campaigns and Elections: Mississippi

Campaign Oversight

In 2002, the supreme court amended the code of judicial conduct to create a special committee on judicial election campaign intervention to address allegations of campaign misconduct. The committee consists of five members, with one member each appointed by the chief justice, the governor, the lieutenant governor, the speaker of the house of representatives, and the chair of the commission on judicial performance. Three members must be attorneys. The committee is empowered to educate judicial candidates, receive complaints about campaign conduct, initiate investigations, issue cease and desist orders and advisory opinions, and refer matters to the commission on judicial performance.