May 6, 2011 § 1 Comment

Kudos to the MC Law School for a project that is a significant contribution to the bench and bar in Mississippi.

Click on this link to access the Mississippi College Judicial Data Project, an impressive site where you can access information about Mississippi appellate cases, including:

  • Videos of oral arguments.  Currently on the supreme court web site, only recent arguments can be accessed, and they are taken down to make room for more current sessions.  The MC web site will archive all those arguments, so that you may view them.  Imagine being able to learn the kinds of questions and interaction with the court that you can expect in a similar case, or to observe the kinds of inquiries that your same panel has made in other cases.
  • Briefs.  You can get copies of briefs in .pdf format to download, print and use.  This is the kind of information that has been only accessible through costly online legal research programs that many lawyers can not afford.  Briefs can help you with your own appeals and even serve as a resource for your trial work.
  • Statistics.  Through a sophisticated search engine offering more than 30 search options, you can research questions such as:  how many times has Justice Kitchens concurred with Chief Justice Waller?; or how many trials presided over by Chancery Judge David Clark in Scott County have been affirmed by the court of appeals?; or even how many summary judgment rulings by Chancellor Jerry Mason have been affirmed by the court of appeals but reversed and remanded by the supreme court?  The results are returned in the form of a table listing the decisions reflecting the response, and the cases listed can be accessed by clicking on the case name.  It’s an incredibly agile and sophisticated program that yields detailed, accurate results.

The project is in the process of being updated.  The video archive is current from 2004 to 2011.  The brief archive is current from 2007 to 2011.  The statistics are current from 2007 to 2011.  The goal is to take all of the accessible information back through 2000.

There are several other pages of information that you might find useful.

Mississippi College School of Law deserves a round of applause for this powerful and useful addition to the array of Mississippi trial and appellate resources.


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