Gov. Bryant Appoints New Judge to Mississippi Supreme Court

Courtesy MS Administrative Office of the Courts

Judge David M. Ishee will fill former-Justice Jess Dickinson’s role on the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Mississippi Court of Appeals Judge David M. Ishee to the Mississippi Supreme Court, after he tapped Justice Jess Dickinson to lead the Division of Child Protection Services, vacating his seat on the high court.

Ishee served for 13 years on the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

“The Mississippi Court of Appeals is a hard working court that handles a high volume of cases. We look forward to Judge Ishee joining the Supreme Court,” Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. said in a statement.


Ishee will serve in Dickinson’s spot on the court; Dickinson was only halfway through his second eight-year term on the state’s high court when Bryant pulled him to be CPS commissioner. When Bryant first created the new state agency in 2015, he pulled former-Justice David Chandler to run the division. Chandler only served in that role for a little over a year, however, forcing Bryant to pick another person for the role after he announced his retirement early this summer.