Post 2 Alcorn County Justice Court Judge Jimmy McGee will be fined and publicly reprimanded after “multiple allegations” of judicial misconduct.
“Judge McGee engaged in a pattern of delaying rendering opinions, which gave the appearance that he failed to diligently perform his judicial duties,” the Mississippi Supreme Court ruled. “And his conduct spans numerous cases. The citizens of Alcorn County deserve prompt decisions, which they did not receive.”
There were 28 cases in which McGee failed to make timely rulings, establishing a “pattern of conduct.” One case had not been resolved for seven years. He has since adjudicated the cases where he still had jurisdiction.
The court added, “Litigants have suffered harm by Judge McGee’s failure to render prompt and timely decisions. And his conduct undoubtedly has caused the litigants to incur unnecessary expenses due to prolonged litigation.”
The Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance filed a formal complaint against Judge McGee. The Mississippi Supreme Court has now upheld the recommendation that McGee be publicly reprimanded and fined $1,683.
The commission also found that McGee issued a judgment in a civil case without conducting a hearing on the merits.
The court found that McGee cooperated with the commission’s investigation and “admitted wrongdoing.”
McGee has served as a justice court judge in Alcorn County for 18 years and has had three prior complaints before the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance. One of the prior complaints resulted in a suspension from office and public reprimand.
McGee will be reprimanded in open court by the presiding circuit court judge on the first day of the next court term.