Courts in Mississippi
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Mississippi's State Courtsystem includes 82 Justice Courts, which hear small claims cases (cases with a value less than $3,500,) and preliminary misdemeanor hearings. Mississippi also has 226 Municipal Courts located in its cities, and these also handle preliminary misdemeanor hearings as well as traffic and ordinance cases. Mississippi's Chancery Courts and County Courts share jurisdiction over many types of civil cases including those involving torts, contracts, real property, domestic relations and mental health, as well as juvenile matters. County Courts also hear appeals from Justice and Municipal Courts. Mississippi's 22 districts each have at least one District Court that handles some tort and real property cases, criminal cases, and civil appeals. The Mississippi Court of Appeals hears civil, criminal and administrative agency appeals, and the state's highest court, the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Mississippi Supreme Court dockets and opinions are available on their website at If you're seeking other Mississippi court records, you'll need to contact the appropriate courthouse. Mississippi state courts don't mail or fax out copies of public records, but you can go to the courthouse and copy them for a small charge. See the Mississippi Clerk of Courts FAQ at for more information.
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31, Mar 2015 - Hinds, MS Legal dispute in Mississippi involves source of execution drugs
Lawyers for Mississippi's prison system say a judge should let the prisons keep secret the pharmacy that supplies a crucial execution drug.
31, Mar 2015 - State corrections dept. back in court over prison violence
The American Civil Liberties Union and others will argue at a federal court hearing Wednesday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections fails to protect prisoners at the privately run Walnut Grove Correctional...
31, Mar 2015 - Jackson, MS MDOC task force seeks public input
A group that's reviewing the Mississippi prison system will hold three meetings to take public comments. Gov. Phil Bryant appointed the group in November after former Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and businessman Cecil McCrory were indicted on federal corruption charges tied to prison contracts. The two men have pleaded not guilty and await trial in April. Marshall Fisher became ...
31, Mar 2015 - Jackson, MS Michigan woman & Mississippi prisoner charged with producing child pornography
JACKSON, Miss. - A Michigan woman and a man currently serving time in Mississippi are charged with production and distribution of child pornography for allegedly sharing illegal images via text message. 
31, Mar 2015 - Hinds, MS State asks to keep drug supplier's name secret during appeal
Attorney General Jim Hood is asking a Hinds County judge to keep secret the identity of Mississippi's execution drug supplier while the state appeals an order to release the name.
31, Mar 2015 - Hinds, MS Judge Orders Release of Name of Execution Drug Supplier
A judge has rejected the Mississippi Department of Corrections' attempt to keep secret the pharmacy that supplies a crucial execution drug.
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31, Mar 2015 - Lee, MS Ecorse woman, man in Mississippi prison charged with production, distribution of child pornography
An Ecorse woman and a man imprisoned in Mississippi are accused of taking and texting pornographic images of a 2-year-old child, according to The Clarion-Ledger.
31, Mar 2015 - Lamar, MS Natchez man found guilty of robbery of 83-year-old woman
Purvis, MS 15th Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell announced that on Thursday Jamie Cartell Payne, 25, of Natchez, Mississippi, was found guilty by a Lamar County Jury of Robbery.
31, Mar 2015 - Itawamba, MS Appeals court denies state death row inmate's appeal
A Mississippi man who pleaded guilty in the rape and killing of a waitress in 2000 has been denied a new trial by a panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeal court panel last week denied arguments from Thomas Loden Jr. that his attorneys gave him poor legal advice. Mug shots: Mississippi death row inmates Loden pleaded guilty in the death of 16-year-old Leesa Gray. He was ...
31, Mar 2015 - Union, MS State corrections department back in court over prison violence
The American Civil Liberties Union and others will argue at a federal court hearing Wednesday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections fails to protect prisoners at the privately run Walnut Grove Correctional Facility despite promising three years ago to reduce the facility's violent atmosphere.
31, Mar 2015 - Jones, MS Mississippi Fugitive Returns to Prison 34 years after his escape
A Mississippi fugitive who escaped more than three decades ago is now back in a state prison. Authorities said 62-year-old Sam Gene Harris was brought to the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County from a jail in Price, Utah on Sunday.Harris was 27 when he was discovered missing from the Forrest County Community Work Center on Nov. 27, 1980. 
31, Mar 2015 - Webster, MS Reed guilty of murder, sentenced to life, in Clarksdale case
MARKS -- A Mississippi man on Thursday was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after a jury found him guilty of murder in the 2013 slaying of an openly gay candidate for mayor of Clarksdale.
31, Mar 2015 - Lee, MS Michigan woman, Mississippi prisoner charged with producing child pornography
The Attorney General's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force has worked a case that resulted in charges against a Mississippi prisoner and Michigan woman.
30, Mar 2015 - Jackson, MS Prison nurse charged with providing cell phone to inmate
JACKSON, Mississippi -- A nurse working at a Yazoo City prison has been charged with providing a cell phone to an inmate -- a violation of federal law. According to U.S. Attorney Gregory Davis, 43-year-old Lavonne Boose of Benton, Miss.,...
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