Questions with the Judge – Prentiss G. Harrell

Circuit Judge Prentiss G. Harrell
Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Lawrence, Marion & Pearl River Counties
14th Circuit District

Judge Prentiss G. Harrell is the proud father of two children and six grandchildren. He is a member of Main Street Baptist Church where he is a Sunday School teacher and has served on numerous committees.

Judge Harrell graduated from William Carey College in 1979. He was an adjunct instructor at William Carey College for several years. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from the Mississippi College School of Law in 1986.

Judge Harrell’s primary area of practice was business law from 1987 to 2007.

Judge Harrell was first elected to office in 1996 when the voters of Lamar County elected him County Attorney. While County Attorney, Judge Harrell was active in the Mississippi Bar Association and the Mississippi College School of Law Alumni Association, serving as president. In addition, Judge Harrell was the managing shareholder in a seven person law firm located in the Oak Grove area. In 2007 he was elected as the Circuit Judge for the 15th Judicial District of Mississippi and re-elected again in 2010

1. What do you like most and least about being a judge?

Most: My decisions impact individuals and society as a whole, and I do my best to make decisions that will have a positive impact.

Least: Playing babysitter to bickering attorneys.

2. Identify one judge, living or dead, whom you admire the most and explain why?

Judge Keith Starrett because of his spirit of helping society.

3. What three suggestions would you give to a lawyer about how to improve their writing?

1. Clear and to the point.
2. Brevity when possible
3. Cite supporting authority and cite correctly
4. What three suggestions would you give to a lawyer about how to present an effective case in your court?

1. Organize and prepare
2. Practice professional courteousness
3. tempered zealousness

5. If you could change any law or rule, what would it be?

Reign in Civil Discovery. Current civil discovery rules and practices have almost eliminated one’s ability to go to trial.

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