Update: 3:03 pm

In a statement, Governor Phil Bryant praised Judge Griffis legal prowess.

“Judge Griffis has served exceptionally on the Mississippi Court of Appeals, and his wealth of experience on the bench will prove very valuable as he moves into his new role,” Gov. Bryant said. “He has an outstanding legal mind and is highly respected among his peers. I have full faith Judge Griffis will be a real asset to the Mississippi Supreme Court. Additionally, I am thankful for Chief Justice Waller for admirably serving the people of Mississippi for more than 22 years on the state’s highest court, and I wish him well in retirement. The people of Mississippi owe him a debt of gratitude.”

Griffis has served since 2003 on the Court of Appeals for District 3, Position 2. He recently was named Chief Judge of the Court after the retirement of Chief Judge L. Joseph Lee.

“I thank Governor Bryant for this appointment, and I am humbled by his expression of confidence in me,” said Griffis. “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve the people of Mississippi on the Court of Appeals for the last sixteen years.  I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the Supreme Court.  I am committed to the rule of law, to apply the law fairly and impartially and to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of Mississippi.”

Mississippi Supreme Court District 1 is comprised of Bolivar, Claiborne, Copiah, Hinds, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Jefferson, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Madison, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Rankin, Scott, Sharkey, Sunflower, Warren, Washington, and Yazoo counties.

Griffis and his wife Mary Helen, are the proud parents of five boys.

Governor Phil Bryant tapped Court of Appeals Presiding Judge Kenny Griffis as the state’s newest member of the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Griffis will replace Chief Justice Bill Waller on the court. Waller served on the Supreme Court for the past twenty-one years, ten of them as Chief.

Waller recently announced his intention to retire at the end of January. Griffis was slated to take over the Chief Judge spot on the Court of Appeals on January 2. He will serve in that capacity until the end of January when he takes over Waller’s seat on the bench.