New Supreme Court Justice T. Kenneth Griffis Jr. of Ridgeland will take the oath of office Feb. 1 at 10 a.m. in the Supreme Court En Banc Courtroom in Jackson.

Chief Justice Michael K. Randolph will administer the oath of office to Associate Justice Griffis as one of the first duties as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

“I am honored by Governor Bryant’s confidence and the appointment to the Supreme Court,” Griffis said. "I look forward to serving with my new colleagues to ensure justice for the people of the State of Mississippi. I will miss the judges of the Court of Appeals but am confident that they will continue the tradition of excellent judicial decisions in a timely manner.” 

Justice Griffis became Chief Judge of the Mississippi Court of Appeals on Jan. 2. However, a few days after his selection was announced in November, Gov. Phil Bryant named him to fill a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Justice Griffis will take the Central District judgeship held by Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr., who will retire Jan. 31.

Justice Griffis was elected to the Court of Appeals in November 2002, and took office in January 2003. He became a Presiding Judge on March 3, 2011.

Justice Griffis and his wife, Mary Helen Griffis, are the parents of five boys. They live in Ridgeland and attend Christ United Methodist Church. Justice Griffis has served as a youth Sunday School teacher, a Cub Scout leader, and a coach for more than 80 youth sports teams, including baseball, basketball, soccer, and hockey.