Tomika H. Irving
Circuit Court Judge of the 22nd Judicial District of Mississippi
(Claiborne, Copiah & Jefferson Counties)
Judge Tomika H. Irving is a native of Jefferson County, Fayette, Mississippi. She is a Top Ten graduate of Jefferson County High School. She received two Bachelors of Arts Degrees -one in Political Science and one in Journalism - from the University of Southern Mississippi; a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Mississippi State University; and her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. She received her teaching certification through Alcorn State University and holds an AAA certification to teach seventh through twelfth grade social studies and journalism. Judge Irving also has doctoral studies from the University of Southern Mississippi in Administration of Justice.
In 2006, she was appointed as the Municipal Court Judge for the Town of Crosby, Mississippi, and in 2011, she was elected as the Justice Court Judge (Eastern District) in Jefferson County. In 2016, she was distinguished as a ‘Top Ten under 40’ criminal defense attorney by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Inc.
In 2018, after practicing law for 14 years, Judge Irving was elected as the first female and the first African-American to hold the position of Circuit Court Judge of the 22nd Judicial District of Mississippi, which includes Claiborne, Copiah and Jefferson Counties - winning this seat from the incumbent who had been in the position for 24 years.
Judge Irving is married to Rev. Boris P. Irving, and they are active residents of the 22nd District.