Mississippi county courts
The Mississippi county courts have exclusive jurisdiction over eminent domain proceedings and juvenile matters in Mississippi. In counties which have a county court, a county court judge also serves as the youth court judge. County courts share jurisdiction with Mississippi's circuit and chancery courts in some civil matters. The jurisdictional limit of county courts is up to $200,000. County courts may handle non-capital felony cases transferred from circuit court. County court judges may issue search warrants, set bond and preside over preliminary hearings. County courts have concurrent jurisdiction with justice courts in all matters, civil and criminal.
Mississippi has 20 county courts and 29 county court judges. The following counties contain a county court:
- Adams, Bolivar, Coahoma, DeSoto, Forrest, Harrison, Hinds, Jackson, Jones, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lee, LeFlore, Lowndes, Madison, Pike, Rankin, Warren, Washington and Yazoo.
|County court judge|
|Term:||4 year term|
|Re-election method:||Contested election|
|Qualifications:||5 years practicing attorney; 5 years state citizen; minimum age of 26|