Welcome to the website of the Mississippi Judiciary. This site is designed to provide public access to information about the state court system.
Here you will find dockets, briefs, orders and opinions of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Appellate opinions dating back to 1996 are available here. Appellate court oral arguments are webcast live, and oral arguments heard since October 2014 are archived here. Mississippi College School of Law's Judicial Database, linked here, includes a video archive of oral arguments dating from 2004 and a brief archive from late 2007.
At the trial court level, a growing number of Chancery, Circuit and County Courts utilize the Mississippi Electronic Courts system to e-file trial court records. Digital court documents may be viewed via the subscriber based PAMEC digital portal.
General information about each level of the court system and the kinds of matters dealt with at each level may be found here. Judicial and staff directories are available for each court.
The site provides access to all the current laws of the state through the searchable Mississippi Code. All rules of the state court system are available online. The catalog of the legal collections of the State Library is available. Court statistics and administrative data back to 1996 are available in annual reports.
We hope that this site is a useful resource that assists the legal community and educates the public about the workings of the court system. Public understanding of the courts is essential to public trust.
The RFP is issued by the Supreme Court of Mississippi’s Administrative Office of Courts (AOC) to solicit sealed proposals from qualified vendors to establish a contract through competitive negotiations for the procurement of a statewide Intervention Courts Case Management System (ICCMS). It is anticipated that the contract resulting from this RFP will be for a period of one year (12 months) with the ability of the AOC to extend for up to two (2) additional years, continent upon satisfactory vendor performance and continued funding. Vendor proposal receipt deadline of April 27, 2020 4:00 p.m. CST.
Seven members of the Supreme Court gathered in a large conference room on Thursday with two more participating via teleconference as the state’s highest court continued to deal with how to keep all courts open while protecting public health and safety.
In Emergency Administrative Order-4, relating to the COVID-19 virus, the Court addressed the "procedures available for conducting initial appearances and bail review hearings." The Court "temporarily suspended" Rule 1.8 of the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure's requirement that "defense counsel be present at the location with the defendant during the proceedings." And in Emergency Administrative Order-5, this Court urged trial and appellate courts "to limit in-person, courthouse contact as much as possible by utilizing available technologies, including electronic filing, teleconferencing, and videoconferencing."
In prior Emergency Administrative Orders, the Court has recognized that the national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) require appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of the citizens of this State. Those measures are constantly changing and the Court continues to modify its orders to hinder the spread of COVID-19.
Upon request by the Mississippi Court Reporters Association, the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice, in his capacity as chief administrative officer of all courts in the state, find that any actual or implied requirement that persons qualified to administer an oath in the State of Mississippi, must be in the presence of witnesses for purposes of administering an oath for depositions and other legal testimony be suspended, so long as the qualified person can both see and hear the witness via audio-video communications equipment for purposes of readily identifying the witness.
Consistent with the Court’s prior Emergency Administrative Orders entered in this matter, the Supreme Court and the Chief Justice, in his capacity as chief administrative officer of all courts in the state, reiterate that, pursuant to the Constitution of this State, all local and state courts – municipal, justice, county, chancery, circuit, and appellate courts – shall remain open to ensure the fulfillment of their constitutional and statutory duties. See, e.g., Miss. Const. Art. 3, § 24 (“All courts shall be open . . . and justice shall be administered without sale, denial, or delay”).
That said, in the prior Emergency Administrative Orders, the Court has recognized that the national and state emergencies created by Coronavirus (COVID-19) require appropriate measures to protect the health and safety of the citizens of this State. Those measures are constantly changing and the Court continues to modify its orders to hinder the spread of COVID-19.
Before the Court is a letter motion filed by the Office of the State Public Defender, "after conversing with public defenders and criminal justice advocates throughout the State." The motion prays that the Court consider "modification of the Emergency Administrative Order to facilitate and clarify procedures available for conducting initial appearances and bail review hearings." This request by the State Public Defender is made to "minimize the number of people who enter detention facilities." The motion specifically requests that the requirement in the Rule 1.8 of the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure that "defense counsel be present at the location with the defendant during the proceedings" be temporarily suspended.
The Mississippi Supreme Court today issued an order that temporarily suspends the portion of Rule 1.8 of the Mississippi Rules of Criminal Procedure regarding the use of Interactive Audiovisual Devices in criminal proceedings. Rule 1.8(b)(3) requires defense counsel to be present at the same location with the defendant during preliminary proceedings. The Court entered this order to hinder the spread of COVID-19.
The Supreme Court and the Chief Justice, in his capacity as chief administrative officer of all courts in the state, find that consistent with the Constitution of this State, all local and state courts shall remain open. Section 24 of our State's Constitution could not be any clearer – "All courts shall be open...and justice shall be administered without sale, denial, or delay." Miss. Const. Art. 3, § 24.
However, due to the national and state emergencies caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19), certain steps and measures must be taken to protect the health and safety of the citizens of this State.
On March 15, 2020, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), addressing the national emergency declared by the President on March 13, 2020, issued its “Interim Guidance for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).” The CDC recommends the cancellation or postponement of all in-person events that consist of 50 people or more for the next eight weeks, as such events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19. Their recommendation does not apply to day-to-day operations of organizations, such as schools and businesses.
The Supreme Court has previously found that certain emergency actions are required in light of the pandemic nature of this emergency and the rapidly changing circumstances. In my capacity as chief administrative officer of all courts in this state and consistent with the first Emergency Administrative Order, I find that the following modifications and/or amendments are required.
On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States declared a national emergency due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Supreme Court and the Chief Justice, in his capacity as chief administrative officer of all courts in the state, find that certain emergency actions as set forth hereinafter are required. Additionally, due to the pandemic nature of this emergency and the rapidly changing circumstances, the Court will continue to monitor this situation and may enter additional orders as necessary.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph will be the guest speaker on March 12 at 11 a.m. at a graduation of the 19th Circuit Drug Court in Pascagoula. The ceremony will be held on the second floor of the Jackson County Courthouse at 3104 Magnolia Street.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph will speak to the Biloxi Businessmen's Club on Feb. 27 at noon at Mary Mahoney's Restaurant in Biloxi. Chief Justice Randolph is expected to talk about the role of drug courts and the judiciary' s budget request for the next fiscal year.
The Mississippi Court of Appeals will convene on the campus of Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena at 1 p.m. Feb. 13. A three-judge panel will hear oral arguments in a criminal appeal at the W.A. Butts Social Science Building Auditorium.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph will be the keynote speaker at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ecumenical and Interracial Prayer Breakfast Jan. 20 at 7 a.m. in Hattiesburg. The prayer breakfast will be held at the Thad Cochran Center on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph said Friday that the Mississippi Judiciary needs a $4 million budget increase to implement new intervention courts to help veterans and people with mental illnesses, and to increase judges’ salaries for their additional duties.