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Mississippi’s Chief Justice William (Bill) Waller, Jr., has announced his plan to retire at the end of January 2019.

Posted: Nov 9, 2018 3:22 PM
Updated: Nov 9, 2018 3:22 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi’s Chief Justice William (Bill) Waller, Jr., has announced his plan to retire at the end of January 2019.

He says this will complete more than 21 years of service on the Mississippi Supreme Court and 10 years as chief justice.

Waller was elected in November 1996 and took office in January 1998. He was re-elected in 2004 and 2012.

He was a presiding justice for five years. He became chief justice in January 2009.

The governor will appoint a justice to the District 1, Place 1 position on the court. The next election for the seat is in November 2020, and the next eight-year term will begin in January 2022.

During his retirement, Waller plans to become a senior status judge and remain active in Access to Justice and other administration of justice endeavors.

He would like to teach as an adjunct professor at Ole Miss’ School of Law and Mississippi College’s School of Law.

He previously taught pretrial practice at both law schools.

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