Judge Larry Roberts has served for 19 years as one of two circuit court judges for Lauderdale, Clarke, Wayne and Kemper Counties. When an opening occurred on the Mississippi Court of Appeals, he said he was interested.
"I was very humbled by the experience," Roberts said. "I felt the Lord had blessed me in allowing me to be considered by the governor to be appointed and when the governor called me and told me he had selected me it was a real honor."
He said he expects to be challenged by the demands of the job.
"I felt like it would be an appropriate time now with the experience that I have had as a trial judge that I might be able to bring that experience to the court of appeals and assist them at doing their job," Roberts said. "The court of appeals consists of 10 judges. At present, only one of those judges has a history of being a trial judge. He was a chancery judge. There is no member of the court of appeals currently who has ever served as an elected trial judge dealing with juries such as circuit court or county court. I think that experience is invaluable for the court of appeals. I hope I can help in that respect."
Roberts will be sworn in this week, with a formal investiture set for 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at MSU's Kahlmus Auditorium in Meridian.