About Judge Neil Harris

 Judge Harris has been Chancellor in the 16th Judicial Chancery District in Mississippi since 2006.  

Judge Harris has been Chancellor in the 16th Judicial Chancery District in Mississippi since 2006.  

Neil was sworn in on December 28, 2006. Through December 2013, he had disposed of 7125 cases in Jackson County alone, over 750 cases in George County Chancery Court and 593 cases in Greene County Chancery Court. The disposition of these cases required hundreds of trials, hearings, and conferences. Chancery Court in the 16th Judicial District Court is a busy Court. These cases involve the support of children, adoptions, divorce and related matters.

Judge Harris also hears land disputes and matters involving estates, contracts, protection from domestic abuse and mental commitments. 

Family

Neil is a father, grandfather, musician, farmer, horse lover, and dog lover. He and Michele have been married for over 40 years. They have two sons, two daughters, two sons-in-law, two daughters-in-law. They have two grandchildren (a third is due in July 2014).

Michele is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Instructor at the University of Southern Mississippi. She frequently goes to Haiti as a Medical Provider with Samaritan’s Purse, a Ministry of the Graham Evangelistic Association.

Acknowlegements

“Judge Harris is a diamond among gems. His insights and guided discussions were “the” highlight of my time at the College. As often as he can be available to NJC, he should be here helping new judges.”

“Neil Harris is a fantastic facilitator. He is professional, polite, friendly, and funny. He makes sure everyone in the group is able to participate and feel valued. He did a lot to make sure our group had lasting bonds.”

Excerpts are from evaluations by new judges who attend the National Judicial College, University of Nevada, Reno where Judge Harris is a faculty member and group leader.  

 Neil has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years.

Neil has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America for more than 30 years.

Activities

- Judge Harris is a faculty member at the National Judicial College.

- Judge Harris is also a faculty member at the Mississippi Judicial College in Oxford, Ms. 

- When his busy docket permits, he teaches regularly Municipal Judges, Justice Court Judges, Circuit Court Judges, and Chancery Court Judges.

- Judge Harris has written a book on Probate in Mississippi. It is used as a guide for Lawyers and Judges regarding Probate of Wills and Estates.

 Judge Harris is a Coxswain in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

Judge Harris is a Coxswain in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. 

- Judge Harris is a frequent speaker at the Elmo Lang law Seminar at the University of Southern Mississippi regarding recent developments in Mississippi Law

- He is a frequent speaker to lawyers regarding Chancery Court topics such as New Developments in Chancery Court Law.

- He teaches “Court Security” as an internet course for the National Judicial College.

- Active as a Board Member of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 777.  Neil helped establish this organization on the Gulf Coast.  

- Judge Harris is Choir Director Emeritus, Elder and Trustee at the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean Springs.