Will Longwitz Appointed to Serve
as a Madison County Court Judge

Will Longwitz being sworn in.
Clarion Ledger story here: http://www.clarionledger.com/story/news/2016/01/19/new-member-named-court-appeals/79017000/

The position, which was left vacant when the previous judge was elected to Circuit Court, covers all of Madison County. Madison County has two County Court Judges, and it is one of 21 counties that has a County Court.

Will issued the following statement:

I am very humbled and honored that Gov. Bryant has entrusted me with the duty being of County Court Judge. My first campaign was for this very office, in 2010. I feel just as strongly today as I did then about the importance of this office for the fair and efficient administration of justice and the rule of law in Madison County. This particular position has responsibility over Youth Court and Juvenile Drug Court, and these are somber duties with the potential to protect children and help them lead productive lives. I look forward to working with my senior judge, Judge Ed Hannan; I am sure I will learn much from him as we bear this caseload together.

Of course, taking on a role in the judicial branch meant that I had to give up my seat in the Mississippi Senate. I have loved representing Madison, Ridgeland and Northeast Jackson in the Senate. It has been a true privilege to advocate for the families and neighbors who live in District 25. I appreciate everyone’s support and well-wishes, and I wish the very best for my successor, whomever the voters choose.

Thank you all again for the opportunity of representing you. I am already hard at work at the court, and I look forward to the new challenges I will face.

Signed, Will Longwitz

The Jurisdiction of the Madison Court Includes:

  • Youth Court
  • Juvenile Drug Court
  • Partition of personal property.
  • Unlawful entry and detainer
  • Shared jurisdiction with the Circuit and Chancery Courts in all matters of law and equity up to $200,000.
  • Exclusive jurisdiction over matters of eminent domain
  • County Court Judges also hear non-capital felony criminal cases transferred by the Circuit Court.
  • The Madison County Court is located in the Madison County Courthouse at 128 W. North Street in Canton.

Helpful Links

About County Court: https://courts.ms.gov/aboutcourts/countycourt_about.html

Mississippi Supreme Court: https://courts.ms.gov

The Mississippi Bar: http://www.msbar.org

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