Judge Weill candidate for Mississippi Court of Appeals

Former Jackson City Councilman and current Judge Jeff Weill is a candidate for the Mississippi Court of Appeals – 4th district. Judge Weill currently serves as a circuit court judge for Hinds County and was an assistant district attorney and criminal investigator for former district attorney Dunn Lampton.

“I have been honored to serve the people of Hinds County for eight years as a circuit court judge presiding over the most active civil and criminal docket in the state,” Judge Weill said. “As a judge my focus has always been on public safety. By vigorously moving the criminal trial dockets forward, hundreds of violent criminals can no longer threaten our streets and homes.”

If elected, Judge Weill would become the only former circuit judge on the court of appeals, which hears the overwhelming majority of all criminal appeals, providing valuable trial experience to the appellate court.

Judge Weill has presided over more than 135 jury trials to verdict during his eight years on the bench, and more than 100 of those were criminal trials involving major felonies. Judge Weill also brings a wealth of civil litigation experience to the appellate bench, as a trial judge, a former litigator and a Harvard trained mediator. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law.

The court of appeals is a 10-judge panel of judges which hears appeals from lower courts, including chancery and circuit courts. The court is made up of two judges from each of the five judicial districts in the state, and the 4th district includes 15 counties in southwestern Mississippi: Adams, Amite, Copiah, Covington, Franklin, Hinds, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lawrence, Lincoln, Marion, Pike, Simpson, Walthall and Wilkinson.

 

Judge Weill has been endorsed by Governor Phil Bryant and the Mississippi State Medical Association, Mississippi Manufacturers Association, Mississippi Poultry Association, Mississippi Association of Realtors Political Action Committees; and Recommended by BIPEC (Business and Industry Public Education Committee).

He is an active Presbyterian and serves as an elder, Sunday school teacher and participant in foreign missions. He is a leader in the community, helping Stewpot ministries, Meals on Wheels, and serves as an adult leader in Boy Scouts.

He and his wife Tracy have been married for 30 years and have three Eagle Scout sons, Alan (26), Joshua (24) and Elliot (21). He is also an avid alligator hunter, having caught a ‘personal best’ gator that weighed 445 pounds and was 12 feet 4 inches long.

The election will be held November 6.

 

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