Virginia Carlton

P.O. Box 117
Jackson, MS 39205

Virginia Carlton

Judge - District Fourth

Biographical Information

Judge Carlton formerly held elected office as State Representative for House District 100 of the Mississippi House of Representatives from 2004-2006. She also holds the rank of Colonel in the US Army Reserves.

Judge Carlton attended the University of Mississippi and received a BBA in 1986. She graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1989 where she participated in the moot court board (executive board member), and served as a member of the National Moot Court team, the Law Journal, and secretary of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. She also served as a law clerk for Justice Joel Blass of the Mississippi Supreme Court from 1989-1990. She is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.

Judge Carlton has served as a JAG officer in the Army for approximately 20 years with duty in the various components, active duty (over 8 years), US Army Reserves (8 years), and MS Army National Guard (approximately 3 years).

In the MS Army National Guard, she has been assigned to the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, Jt. Force Headquarters. While a member of the MS National Guard she was certified as a military trial judge upon completion of the Military Judge’s Course at The Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Virginia, in May 2009, and certified as a military appellate judge. She was mobilized to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals March 1, 2010, in support of the global war on terrorism for three months. Effective June 1, 2010, she was assigned as a military trial judge in the U.S. Army Reserves to support courts-martial in the Army’s third judicial district.

In addition to her past military duties, Judge Carlton serves as Judge, Post 1, District 4, on the Mississippi Court of Appeals reviewing appeals in both criminal and civil cases. She participates in over 500 cases a year at the Mississippi Court of Appeals and she authors approximately 60 opinions a year. The Court of Appeals reviews trial court decisions in cases such as domestic relations, child custody, wills, real property, criminal convictions, contracts, insurance, medical malpractice, personal injury and property damage. The Court also hears workers compensation and other administrative agency appeals.

Judge Carlton is a member of the MS Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Mississippi. She has been admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Military Appeals for the Armed Forces. She is a member of the ABA, National Assoc. of Women Judges, the American Judges Assoc., and is a fellow of the ABA Assoc. Foundation. She recently served on the Study Committee Reviewing the Code of Judicial Conduct by appointment of the Chief Justice of the MS Supreme Court, and she also serves on the Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice.

Judge Carlton is married to Dr. Scott Carlton, originally from Greenville, MS. They have three children Rachel, Read and Phoebe. Judge Carlton hails from Columbia, MS. Her husband, Dr. Scott Carlton, previously served with the MS National Guard as an Army Special Forces Medic and on active duty as a family physician with the U.S. Army Medical Corps.