The Guide to Mississippi Court Records

Overview of Mississippi Courts

The Mississippi trial court system consists of Circuit Courts, Chancery Courts, County Courts, Youth Courts, Justice Courts, and Municipal Courts.
 
Circuit Courts have general jurisdiction over most civil and criminal cases and typically handle cases beyond the jurisdiction of other courts. Chancery Courts have limited jurisdiction over domestic relations, probate and juvenile cases, and share jurisdiction with Circuit Courts over certain types of cases. County Courts and Justice Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases. Youth Courts have jurisdiction over juvenile offenses as well as cases involving abuse or neglect of juveniles. Municipal Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of criminal cases and traffic violations.

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Mississippi Circuit Courts
Circuit Courts have general jurisdiction over most civil and criminal cases, and mostly handle cases that are beyond the jurisdiction of other courts. Circuit Courts also handle appeals from County, Justice, and Municipal Courts, and from administrative agencies.

Criminal cases heard by Circuit Courts include felonies and lesser-included offenses.

Circuit Courts hear all civil claims for more than $200,000 and certain matters related to real estate. Circuit Courts may share jurisdiction with County Courts for matters less than $200,000, and share jurisdiction with Chancery Courts for certain other types of cases.
Mississippi Chancery Courts
Chancery Courts have limited jurisdiction to hear certain types of cases, including equity, domestic relations, probate matters, mental health, guardianship and some matters relating to real estate. Chancery Court judges are also known as Chancellors.

In counties without a County Court, Chancery Court judges or their appointed referees sit as Youth Court judges to hear juvenile matters.

Cases generally heard by Chancery Courts include divorce, legal separation, child custody, child support, alimony, the probate of wills, the administration of estates and involuntary commitment.

Chancery Courts share some jurisdiction over certain types of cases with Circuit Courts.
Mississippi County Courts
County Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases. County Courts share jurisdiction with Justice Courts for civil and criminal cases within Justice Court jurisdiction, including petty misdemeanors. County Courts also share jurisdiction with Circuit and Chancery Courts in certain civil and criminal matters.

County Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over juvenile matters, in which the County Court judge sits as a Youth Court judge.

County Courts handle most general civil claims for less than $200,000, exclusive of costs and interest. County Courts can hear counterclaims for more than $200,000, unless all parties agree to transfer the case to Circuit Court.

County Courts also have jurisdiction over cases involving eminent domain, the partition of personal property and some actions for unlawful entry and detainer.
Mississippi Youth Courts
Youth Courts handle all cases involving a juvenile offense, a delinquent child, a child in need of supervision, a neglected child, an abused child or a dependent child. There are limited exceptions for particularly violent juvenile offenses, which may be heard in Circuit Court, and child abuse charges that may be heard in Chancery Court custody cases. A child is any person under the age of 18.

In the 21 Mississippi counties that have County Courts, the County Court judge is also the Youth Court judge. In counties without a County Court, Chancery Court judges or their appointed referees sit as Youth Court judges.

Additionally, the city of Pearl in Rankin County has a Youth Court.
Mississippi Justice Courts
Justice Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of civil and criminal cases.

Criminal cases heard by Justice Courts include criminal offenses punishable by a fine or time in county jail and petty misdemeanors. Justice Courts share criminal jurisdiction with Circuit Courts and County Courts, and some Justice Courts may exercise exclusive jurisdiction over petty misdemeanor cases. Justice Courts may also conduct bond and preliminary hearings in felony cases.

Civil cases heard by Justice Courts include most general civil claims for less than $3,500. Justice Courts share civil jurisdiction with County Courts.
Mississippi Municipal Courts
Municipal Courts have limited jurisdiction over certain types of criminal cases.

Criminal cases heard by Municipal Courts include misdemeanor criminal cases and municipal ordinance violations, including traffic offenses.
Mississippi Drug Courts
Many Mississippi courts operate a special Drug Court, which can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some nonviolent adult and juvenile first offenders with substance abuse problems. Drug Court participants may undergo close supervision, drug testing, counseling, community service, and educational or job requirements. Successful completion of a Drug Court program can result in dismissed charges or reduced sentences.

Where to find court cases in Mississippi
The chart below gives general information on the types of cases heard in each type of court in Mississippi.
 
Most Cases = Most or all cases.     Some Cases = Some cases.

Case Type Court Type
Civil Circuit Courts Chancery Courts County Courts Youth Courts Justice Courts Municipal Courts
General Civil - Unlimited
Most or all General Civil - Unlimited cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
 
 
 
 
General Civil - Limited
Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Some General Civil - Limited cases can be found in the Justice Courts
 
Small Claims
 
 
Some Small Claims cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Most or all Small Claims cases can be found in the Justice Courts
 
Civil Equity
Some Civil Equity cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
Most or all Civil Equity cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
Some Civil Equity cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Some Civil Equity cases can be found in the Justice Courts
 
Complex Commercial
Some Complex Commercial cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
Some Complex Commercial cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Foreclosures and Liens
Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Some Foreclosures and Liens cases can be found in the Justice Courts
 
Real Estate Title and Boundary
Some Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
Some Real Estate Title and Boundary cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Landlord / Tenant
 
Some Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
Some Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Some Landlord / Tenant cases can be found in the Justice Courts
 
Ordinance Violations
 
 
Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Justice Courts
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the Justice Courts
Some Protection, No Contact, and Restraining Orders cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Administrative Agency Appeals
Most or all Administrative Agency Appeals cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
 
 
 
 
Criminal Circuit Courts Chancery Courts County Courts Youth Courts Justice Courts Municipal Courts
Felony
Most or all Felony cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Some Felony cases can be found in the County Courts
 
 
 
Felony Preliminary Hearings
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the Justice Courts
Some Felony Preliminary Hearings cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Misdemeanors
Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
 
Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the County Courts
Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Youth Courts
Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Justice Courts
Some Misdemeanors cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Ordinance Violations
 
 
Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the County Courts
Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Youth Courts
Some Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Justice Courts
Most or all Ordinance Violations cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Juvenile
Some Juvenile cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
Most or all Juvenile cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
Most or all Juvenile cases can be found in the County Courts
Most or all Juvenile cases can be found in the Youth Courts
 
 
Traffic and Infractions
 
 
Some Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the County Courts
Some Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Youth Courts
Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Justice Courts
Most or all Traffic and Infractions cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Domestic Relations Circuit Courts Chancery Courts County Courts Youth Courts Justice Courts Municipal Courts
Divorce
 
Most or all Divorce cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Child Custody and Visitation
 
Most or all Child Custody and Visitation cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Child Support
 
Most or all Child Support cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Paternity
 
Most or all Paternity cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Domestic Violence Protection Order
 
Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the County Courts
 
Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the Justice Courts
Some Domestic Violence Protection Order cases can be found in the Municipal Courts
Juvenile Circuit Courts Chancery Courts County Courts Youth Courts Justice Courts Municipal Courts
Adoptions
 
Most or all Adoptions cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Juvenile Delinquency
Some Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the Circuit Courts
Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the County Courts
Most or all Juvenile Delinquency cases can be found in the Youth Courts
 
 
Child Abuse and Neglect
 
Most or all Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
Most or all Child Abuse and Neglect cases can be found in the Youth Courts
 
 
Termination of Parental Rights
 
Most or all Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
Most or all Termination of Parental Rights cases can be found in the Youth Courts
 
 
Children in Need of Supervision
 
Most or all Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
Most or all Children in Need of Supervision cases can be found in the Youth Courts
 
 
Mental Health Circuit Courts Chancery Courts County Courts Youth Courts Justice Courts Municipal Courts
Involuntary Commitments
 
Most or all Involuntary Commitments cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Other Mental Health Cases
 
Most or all Other Mental Health Cases cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Probate Circuit Courts Chancery Courts County Courts Youth Courts Justice Courts Municipal Courts
Wills & Estates
 
Most or all Wills & Estates cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Name Changes
 
Most or all Name Changes cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Trusts
 
Most or all Trusts cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 
Guardianships and Conservatorships
 
Most or all Guardianships and Conservatorships cases can be found in the Chancery Courts
 
 
 
 

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