The Mississippi Supreme Court has appointed retired Hinds County Circuit Judge L. Breland Hilburn to assist the Seventh Circuit Court of Hinds County with its criminal case docket. Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. signed an order appointing Judge Hilburn to continue the work of the JET grant program, which was begun in 2008 to address violent and drug related crimes.
The appointment is for a term beginning Jan. 4 and extending through Oct. 31, 2011.
Judge Hilburn has previously served by special appointment of the Supreme Court to assist in hearing criminal cases in Hinds County. He was first appointed as a special judge for Hinds County in July 2004, and continued to hear cases through March 2010.
Judge Hilburn retired from his elected judgeship May 31, 2002, after 30 years on the bench. He served as a Seventh District Circuit Judge from 1981 through 2002. He previously served as a Jackson Municipal Court Judge 1972-1978, then as a Hinds County Court Judge until 1981.