Chief Justice Waller is Retiring
November 12, 2018 § 1 Comment
Chief Justice Waller announces he will retire January 31, 2019.
From the MSSC press release:
Chief Justice William L. (Bill) Waller Jr. announced that he will retire on January 31, 2019.
Chief Justice Waller said, “I have elected to tender my resignation and retire from public service effective January 31, 2019, completing more than 21 years of service on the Mississippi Supreme Court and 10 years as Chief Justice. It has been my highest privilege to be elected as a Justice of the Supreme Court and serve as Chief Justice of Mississippi.”
Chief Justice Waller was elected in November 1996 and took office in January 1998. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2012. He was a presiding justice for five years. He became Chief Justice in January 2009.
At age 66, he enjoys good health. “It’s just time,” he said.
The Governor will appoint a Justice to the District 1, Place 1 position on the court. The next election for the seat is in November 2020, and the next eight-year term will begin in January 2022. The position is one of two seats on the court with a 14-month delay between the election and the beginning of a new term.
Mississippi Code Section 9-3-11 says that the justice who has served longest on the court shall be Chief Justice. Presiding Justice Michael K. Randolph of Hattiesburg, who joined the court in April 2004, is the second longest serving justice on the court after Chief Justice Waller.
Upon retirement from the court, Chief Justice Waller plans to become a senior status judge and remain active in Access to Justice and other administration of justice endeavors. He would like to teach as an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi School of Law and Mississippi College School of Law. He previously taught pretrial practice at both law schools.