JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court appointed Kathy Gillis of Jackson as the new clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Gillis replaces Betty Sephton of Brandon, whose retirement was effective May 31.
Gillis has worked for the office of the Supreme Court Clerk for 28 years. She served as chief deputy clerk for nearly 17 years.
The office of the Clerk of the Courts is the repository of records of the Mississippi Supreme Court and the Mississippi Court of Appeals. More than 1,000 appeals were filed and decided by the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals last year, and the appellate courts addressed more than 7,000 motions. The clerk’s office is responsible for docket management of approximately 1,500 open cases at any given time. The clerk’s office tracks each case for timeliness and completeness of the record from the time the case is filed until its completion.
Gillis, 58, grew up in Jackson and graduated from Provine High School. She earned a bachelor of art degree in history with a minor in English from Mississippi University for Women (MUW) in 1972, and a master of arts in history from MUW in 1978. She taught ninth-grade English in Columbus in 1974, then worked in the office of the registrar at MUW from 1976 to 1978.
Gillis had planned for a career teaching history. But an application with the state job bank led her to an opening in the office of the Supreme Court clerk in 1981.
Gillis and her husband, Walter Gillis, live in Jackson. They have two adult daughters and a grandson.