What follows is a brief but informative summary of rules, procedures, and filings requirements for small claims court in Mississippi. Keep in mind that rules and laws change. It’s always a good idea to confirm the rules with the court or with further research.
Maximum Jurisdictional Dollar Amount: The maximum dollar amount is $2,500.
Where Suit May Be Brought: Case may be brought where the defendant resides. Nonresident defendants may be sued where breach or injury occurred.
Proper Manner of Service of Process upon Defendant: Service may be made by Sheriff, constable, or disinterested adult. Service by disinterested adult requires a showing of need and requires the court’s permission)
How the Hearing Date Is Selected: The hearing date is set by the court.
Attorney Representation Rule: Attorneys are allowed.
Special Provisions Regarding Transfer or Jurisdiction of Cases: There is no provision.
Availability of Appeals: Either litigant may appeal for a new trial to Circuit Court within 10 days.
Special Rules and Notes: In Mississippi, Small Claims cases are heard in Justice Court. Some help to collect judgments is available.
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