Friday, December 09, 2011

Mysteries of the Mississippi Supreme Court

A while back, we noted the oddity that the online docket calendar for the MSSC listed cases as submitted or set for argument without any docket entry's having yet been made in those individual cases.

The oddity proves even odder. The docket calendar as of today has not been issued for any 2012 sittings. But last week, we received letters from the MSSC on a couple of appeals, one to be argued in 2012, one not. Neither letter, however was noted on the individual cases' docket pages. Still ain't.

So, as the MSSC continues not to publish its internal operating procedures, we are left to infer the procedure. The sequence seems to be (1) letters to counsel, (2) update docket calendar, (3) update individual dockets.

It is particularly hard to understand why (1) and (2) shouldn't be simultaneous; preparing (3) is more time-consuming, I can see. But then why does (3) precede (2)?

None of this matters greatly in The Grand Scheme of Things, but if there's going to be a public docket online, then one would think it should accurately reflect what is going on in a given case.

... As of Dec. 13, the dockets finally state "Letter Issued by Supreme Court of Mississippi," correctly but belatedly dated to Dec. 2. No link to the letter indicating whether argument was granted or denied. Docket calendar still not up.

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