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Mississippi Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.


Mississippi Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  1. Constitution (Miss. Const.)

    Additional Resources

  2. Bills
    See also the Mississippi Legislature web site.

  3. General Laws of Mississippi (Miss. Laws)

  4. Mississippi Code (Miss. Code)
    Note—The code is not available at any official web site, but a version provided by LexisNexis is available.

    Additional Resources
    Architect Registration Law [Miss. Code § 73-1-1 et seq.] … in a PDF file
    Landscape Architect Law [Miss. Code § 73-2-1 et seq.] … in a PDF file
    Public accountancy statutes [Miss. Code § 73-33-1 et seq.]
    Residential Landlord and Tenant Act [Miss. Code § 89-8-1 et seq.]


Mississippi Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. State Court Rules • Rules of Procedure

    See Additional Resources below, for links to separately posted rules amendments.
  2. Local Court Rules • U.S. Court Rules
  3. Rules of Practice • Judicial Rules • Professional Ethics Decisions

    See Additional Resources below, for links to separately posted amendments.
  4. Additional Resources
    ¶ Rules of Appellate Procedure — Amendments: 7/1/993/31/9910/15/98
    ¶ Court Annexed Mediation Plan — Amendments: 3/25/99
    ¶ Rules of Professional Conduct — Amendments: 5/20/993/25/992/11/99
    U.S. District Court Rules — Southern District … Links for downloading rules in either Adobe Acrobat file or WordPerfect file.


Mississippi Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.

  1. Regulations
    The secretary of state has a legislative mandate to compile and publish the “Mississippi Administrative Code” and to publish periodically an administrative bulletin. See Miss. Code § 25-43-2.101; see also publication information provided by the secretary of state. Meanwhile, the links below provide access to selected agencies’ regulations, and the secretary of state provides a search form with this comment: “By entering the agency name in the … [form], one can access all proposed rule changes and new rules that have been filed by that agency for the month selected, including a brief summary of each filling. You may also retrieve the Notice of Filing as well as the full text of the proposed or final rules.”
  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Attorney General Opinions (Ops. Miss. Att’y Gen.)
  4. Additional Resources
    ¶ Motor Vehicle Commission: Rules of Practice and Organization


Mississippi Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • Municipal Code Corp.
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    Mississippi Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all Mississippi law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.


    Other Mississippi Commentary

    1. Mississippi State Bar — Publications for Attorneys

    2. Doing Business in Mississippi: A Legal Guide. Butler, Snow, O'Mara, Stevens & Cannada, PLLC. … [Lex Mundi]


    Mississippi Law-Related Topical Web Sites


    Mississippi Court Information

    See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites
    2. Addresses • Names • Numbers
    3. Additional Resources
      ¶ Circuit Courts — Contact Information: ClerksJudges
      ¶ Chancery Courts — Contact Information: ClerksJudges
      ¶ County Courts — Contact Information: Judges


    Mississippi Forms

    1. Motor Vehicle Commission — Application FormsComplaint Form

    2. Secretary of State
    3. Tax Commission — Forms and Instructions

    4. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other Mississippi Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Mississippi State Bar — Publications for Consumers … Some of these (see below) are available on-line; others can be obtained in print from the state bar.
    3. Legal Terms and Procedures … [Mississippi State Bar] — Definitions of legal terms.

    4. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for Mississippi Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of Mississippi law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in Mississippi.

    5. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. LawHelp Mississippi … [Pro Bono Net (N.Y.) / Mississippi Legal Services Coalition] — This is “a guide to free civil legal services for low-income persons and seniors in Mississippi. Here you can locate information on all of the free legal aid programs in Mississippi, including basic eligibility and contact information. We also have links to related sites on the web and legal education documents that give you basic information on a number of legal problems. Our goal is to provide you with user friendly internet access to basic legal information. Additionally, we have included links to useful social services resources in Mississippi.”
      2. Mississippi Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      3. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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