New Court of Appeals judge to be sworn in

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A newly appointed Mississippi Court of Appeals judge will be sworn in on Tuesday.

Judge Joel Smith Jr. of Gulfport will take the oath of office at the Gartin Justice Building in Jackson.

Smith, 46, was appointed by Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to the Court of Appeals on Jan. 14.

He previously served as District Attorney for the Second Judicial District of Harrison, Hancock and Stone counties for nine years.

Smith will take the position previously held by Sean Tindell of Gulfport, who left the Court of Appeals in June to become Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety.

Smith served for 11 years as an assistant district attorney before taking office as district attorney in January 2012. Before joining the District Attorney’s office, he practiced corporate defense and premises liability litigation with the firm of Bryant, Clark, Dukes & Blakeslee.

He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 1999 after earning an undergraduate degree in history from the University of Mississippi and a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Smith is past president of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association and served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Prosecutors Section of the Mississippi Bar.

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