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Supreme Court to hear arguments in dispute over bailiffs

lawsuit11JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court is refereeing Hinds County Sheriff Tyrone Ellis’ dispute with a local trial judge over the assignment of bailiffs to the courts.

The case is on the Supreme Court’s docket for November and December. The court will not hear oral argument in the case.

Ellis is challenging an order from Circuit Judge Tomie Green that he argues takes away his constitutional and statutory right to appoint and assign bailiffs and to decide how much they will be paid.

In 2012, Green reaffirmed an order issued first in 1996 giving the circuit court authority to hire bailiffs, set their salaries and schedule when they would work.

In court documents, Ellis argues the bailiffs act in the absence of the sheriff and he is responsible for them.

 

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