The Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals have broadcast their oral arguments via the Internet in real time since 2001 on the court web site. Click on “Oral Argument Webcasts” on the home page to view the live webcast.
Mississippi College School of Law in October 2007 began archiving the oral arguments of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals and making them available to the public for retrieval via the Internet 24 hours a day. A link to the oral argument audio-visual archive is available on the web page of the Mississippi College School of Law Library at http://lawwin2k3.mc.edu/videoarchive/court.asp.
The law school in October 2007 also began archiving newly filed appellate briefs. The link to the briefs archive is http://lawwin2k3.mc.edu/briefs/.
For current information on the MEC project click the heading above.
The Mississippi Supreme Court since 2004 has worked to develop a case management and electronic filing system for trial courts statewide.
Chief Justice Smith appointed a 24-member committee of judges, lawyers, clerks of the courts and members of other state agencies and charged them with the task of recommending guidelines for the development of a statewide case management and e-filing system. Presiding Justice William L. Waller Jr. is chairman of the E-Filing/Court Docket Management Committee.
In 2006, the Mississippi Legislature established a Comprehensive Electronic Court System Fund with a fee of $10 assessed on all new civil case filings.
The 2006 legislation says the computerized case docket management and electronic filing system will be designed to:
(a) Provide a framework for the seamless, transparent exchange of data among courts and with appropriate law enforcement, children's services and public welfare agencies.
(b) Allow judges and prosecutors to determine whether there are holds or warrants from other jurisdictions for defendants prior to release on bail or otherwise.
(c) Assist related agencies in tracking the court activity of individuals in all participating jurisdictions.
(d) Assist child protection and human services agencies to determine the status of children and care givers in the participating jurisdictions.
(e) Duplicate and preserve court documents at remote sites so that they may be protected against catastrophic loss.
(f) Improve the ability of the Administrative Office of Courts and the state courts to handle efficiently monies flowing through the courts and to collect delinquent fees, fines and costs.
(g) Enable the state courts and clerks to generate management reports and analysis tools, allowing them to constantly track individual cases and the overall caseload.
(h) Provide a uniform system for docketing and tracking cases and to automatically generate status reports.
(i) Enable the Administrative Office of Courts to acquire statistical data promptly and efficiently.
(j) Make trial court and individual case dockets available to the public on-line through use of the Internet.
The Mississippi Supreme Court in June 2007 entered into an agreement with the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts to study the feasibility of adapting the federal trial court case management and electronic filing system for use in state courts. Madison County Chancery and Circuit clerks are part of a test project begun in late 2007 to evaluate the federal court management and electronic filing system for use in state courts.
It is hoped that this project will lead to the development of a pilot program and ultimately to a statewide computerized case management and electronic filing system. Use of the docket management and e-filing system by the trial court districts will be voluntary.
The Mississippi Youth Court Information Delivery System is a computerized case management system for Youth Courts. MYCIDS, which is pronounced “my kids,” is designed to help Youth Courts organize their work and records efficiently and save staff time and other resources.
Design work began on the MYCIDS program in March 1999. Jackson County Youth Court became the pilot project for the MYCIDS system design in September 2001.
Computer hardware, staff training and a help desk are provided by the Supreme Court at no charge to local Youth Courts. The MYCIDS system includes electronic docketing and record keeping. Case tracking features designed specifically for Mississippi Youth Court laws assist court staff in scheduling all hearings and other events required by law to occur within a specific time frame. The system provides modifiable templates for court orders and other paperwork. Judges and court staff are able to track juveniles’ encounters with multiple jurisdictions.
The MYCIDS system collects and retrieves data over the Internet on a secure, encrypted system. The MYCIDS information database is housed at the Mississippi Supreme Court.