Press Release

For Immediate Release


Former Chancellor Ceola James

Joins Race for Mississippi’s Central District

Supreme Court Post



Judge  Ceola James




   Vicksburg ----  former Ninth District Chancellor Ceola James has qualified as a candidate for the Mississippi State Supreme Court Central District,  Position 2. She ran for the same post when it was declared vacant after the retirement of former Justice Fred Banks in December 2003.

“If elected,” James said in her formal announcement Monday, “I will bring to the bench strong analytical skills along with the desire to be fair to all people regardless of their station in life.

“I appreciate the opportunities that I have had to serve the people. And I am asking the voters to  consider voting for me in the  general eledtion on November 2, 2004. “

James was blocked from vying for the vacant seat, however, after former circuit judge James e. Graves, Jr., was appointed to the post by former Gov. Ronnie Musgrove. Graves’ initial one-year appointment was extended to three and thereby negated a special election set for November 2003.

James points out that no former Chancery judges currently serves on the Mississippi Supreme Court.

“I served as Ninth District Chancery Judge from January 1999 through December 2002.” she says. “I was seated in Greenville. And this district included six counties: Warren, Sharkey, Issaquena, Humphreys, Washington and Sunflower Counties.”

James has held a number of judgeships at different levels of the judicial system. Appointed in 1997 as interim Justice Court Judge in Warren County, she also served, upon special appointment, as City Judge in Port Gibson in 2003. “I  was appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court in 2003 to serve as a  Special chancery judge in forrest County. I had a similar appointment as special chancery judge in Rankin County before then.”



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