FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Jury Duty Recording:
SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT
Jury Duty Recording:
RE: ONLINE DATABASES-Circuit and County Court
By Order of the Hinds County Circuit Court, effective October 1, 2013, attorneys may voluntarily participate in the Mississippi Electronic Court System ("MEC") by filing pleadings electronically in cases. The Order provides specific instructions on what and how to file electronically, and it requires attorney registration. To register, please visit the MEC website http://courts.ms.gov/mec/mec.html. In addition, you should review and study the Administrative Procedures found on the MEC website.
The court's Order also provides that use of the MEC filing system will become mandatory for all MEC cases beginning November 1, 2013. After that date, all cases will become MEC cases after a single pleading has been docketed in paper form. We will, therefore, very quickly arrive at a point in which all cases are subject to e-filing and the governing Administrative Procedures.
All cases and documents filed on or after September 13, 2013 may be accessed via the Mississippi Electronic Court System ("MEC").
Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our office.
Hinds County Circuit Clerk
- Serves as Clerk of the County and Circuit Courts (7 Judges).
- Receives and files all law suits, indictments, motions and other related papers in all Civil and Criminal Cases filed in the Circuit or County Courts and issues all process including summons and subpoenas.
- Draws Jurors and qualifies Juries. (You do not have to serve on jury duty if you are over the age of 65. You may call the Circuit Clerk's Office and be taken off the Jury List if you are over 65).
- Keeps a record of all Judgments and Executions.
- Issues marriage licenses and keeps records of marriages.
- Records medical and other professional licenses.
- Registers citizens to vote and has other duties in handling elections.
The Circuit Court Terms of the First Judicial District of Hinds County begin on the first Monday of January, March, May, July, September and November, and consists of eight weeks. The Grand Jury will meet during the sixth week of each term.
The Circuit Court Terms of the Second Judicial District of Hinds County begin on the fourth Monday of January, July and September.
The Circuit Court handles cases with no limit on the amount of damages and also felony cases.
County Court Terms for the First Judicial District of Hinds County begin on the second Monday of each month.
County Court Terms for the Second Judicial District of Hinds County begin on the second Monday in March, June, September and December.
County Court handles cases with damages up to $250,000.00. The County Court also handles misdemeanors.
**UPON FILING NEW CASE, THERE ARE 3 REQUIREMENTS: COMPLAINT/PETITION, CIVIL COVER SHEET, AND FILING FEE. DATE FILE WILL BE DATE ALL 3 REQUIREMENTS ARE RECEIVED BY CLERK. **
- Filing Fee of Complaints, Petition for Review, Foreign Judgment, Writ of Replevin, and Forfeitures: $160.00 which in Hinds County includes a $2.00 Court Administrator's Fee and a $2.50 Law Library Fee
- Sheriff's Fees: $35.00 payable to the Sheriff of the County in which the Defendant may be served for each Defendant at a separate address, $1.00 for each additional Defendant to be served at the same Address on the same Summons. These fees are the same for all types of Process.
- Receipts for Sheriff's Fees: Must be obtained from the Sheriff's Office.
- Secretary of State Fees: Payable to the Secretary of State are: $15.00 for an individual; $15.00 for a Corporation; Same for all process - $15.00
- Commissioner of Insurance Fees: $25.00 for a corporation or an individual - Same for all process - $25.00
- First Offender Hardship-Drugs: $180.00, First Offender Hardship-DUI: $210.00-filed only in Circuit Court
- Cases appealed from other courts or commissions: Filing fee is $82.00.
- Examination of judgment debtors arising from judgment of another county, Writs of Garnishments and Executions : Filing fee is $35.00.
- Pleadings on Foreign Judgments: Must consist of an affidavit containing names and addresses of all parties and a copy of the Judgment Certified according to the Acts of Congress.
- Alias process: No fees to the Circuit Clerk - only fees to the Sheriff of the appropriate County and if needed to the Secretary of State or Commissioner of Insurance - same as fees of original process.
- Subpoenas: No Fee to Clerk, only fees to Sheriff, same as summons fees
- Abstract of judgment - Filing Fee: $5.00; Issuance - $1.00
- Transfer Fee: $87.00
- Appeals from Justice Court to County Court: 10 days to Appeal with Appeal Cost-$142.00 Appeal Bond-200% of Judgment or $100.00
- Marriage License: $21.00 CASH ONLY
- Certified copy of marriage license: $15.00
- Medical license recording: $5.00