- Associated Press - Saturday, June 21, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi Supreme Court Clerk Kathy Gillis will retire June 30 after 33 years of service to the court.

Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. says Muriel B. Ellis, a veteran of 23 years of work in the clerk’s office, will be sworn in as the new clerk of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals on July 1.

Waller says Ellis will be the first African-American clerk of the state’s highest court. Ellis also was the first African-American deputy clerk and chief deputy clerk of the Supreme Court.

The office of the Clerk of the Courts, with a staff of 12, is responsible for case management that tracks each appeal from the time the case is filed until it is decided by the court.

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