JASPER COUNTY JUSTICE COURT
JUSTICE COURT JUDGE
JUSTICE COURT Cases Include:
Responsibilities of the Justice Court
Jasper County Justice Court has jurisdiction over all actions for the recovery of debts or damages as well as personal property, up to $2,500. Clients file affidavits in Justice Court to recover property to settle debts, or to seek relief from disputes over family matters or issues involving neighbors and others.
Additionally, Justice Court handles fines resulting from citations by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Fish and Wildlife Department officers. It holds court for citizens who protest such citations. It also holds court to settle criminal violations occurring outside the municipalities but within the county and performs marriage ceremonies. It issues process papers, subpoenas and warrants requiring an appearance in court on a specified date.
Justice Court works cooperatively with the Public Service Commissioner and received monies resulting from periodic vehicle inspection roadblocks.
The officers of the court consist of Justice Court Clerk, or Court Administrator, 12 deputy clerks, a bailiff and four judges. Process papers, subpoenas, and warrants are served by Constables who are elected officials.
A 1984 statute by the Mississippi Legislature requiring a competent number of justice court judges in each county eliminated the Justice of the Peace System and established the present Justice Court System.
JUSTICE COURT JUDGE
The board of supervisors shall appoint a clerk of the justice court system as well as deputy justice court clerks. The justice court clerks and deputy justice court clerks are empowered to file and record actions and pleadings, issue warrants, and acknowledge affidavits for the justice court. They also have the authority to collect filing fees and fines on behalf of the justice court.
Perhaps the best known and most used, the Justice Court exists in all counties, with 72 counties having one court each, and the 10 counties with two county seats (judicial districts) therein having two courts each, for a total of 92 Justice Courts statewide.
These 92 courts are served by 191 judges, with the number in each county being determined by county seat and/or population. Justice Courts handle civil actions under $2,500, and criminal law misdemeanors.
Additionally, these courts determine in felony criminal charges whether or not to bind a person over to await