Two Mississippi judges honored for their work - - Jackson, MS

Two Mississippi judges honored for their work

JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Rankin County Court Judge Thomas H. Broome and Jurist in Residence John N. Hudson are recipients of this year's Chief Justice Award for their work improving the juvenile justice system.

Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Bill Waller, Jr. will present the awards on July 10 during the Mississippi Bar Convention in Sandestin, Florida. 

Judge Broome has served as County Court and Youth Court Judge for Rankin County since 2003.  He is chair of the Parent Representation Committee, which is working to develop a program to provide legal representation for low income parents whose children come into the custody of the Youth Courts and the Department of Human Services.  Rankin County Youth Court is one of four pilot sites for parent representation.     

Judge Broome founded the Rankin County Juvenile Drug Court in 2006, the fourth juvenile drug court in the state.  He serves on the State Drug Court Advisory Committee. Judge Broome began work in 2009 to address the recurring scenario of abused and neglected children who started out in foster care and returned to the court system as delinquents. In 2010, 

Judge Hudson, of Natchez, became the state’s first Jurist in Residence April 1. He retired in December 2014 after 31 years as Adams County Court and Youth Court Judge. He was at that time the state’s longest serving County Court judge, having been appointed August 3, 1983.   His job as Jurist in Residence is to assist Youth Courts across the state in dealing with abused, neglected and delinquent children. He serves as a mentor, helps with training in best practices, and works to locate and access community and other resources  to assist Youth Courts.

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