DeSoto County, Mississippi
DeSoto County is one of 82 counties in Mississippi. The county is served by several courts. The DeSoto County Court is one of nineteen county courts and has exclusive jurisdiction over eminent domain proceedings and juvenile matters in the county. The County Court judge also serves as the Youth Court judge.
The 3rd Chancery District has jurisdiction over disputes in matters involving equity; domestic matters including adoptions, custody disputes and divorces; guardianships; sanity hearings; wills; and challenges to constitutionality of state laws.
DeSoto County also contains a Justice Court, which handles small claims, misdemeanors and "any traffic offense that occurs outside a municipality". The 17th Circuit District Court hears felony criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits."
The United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi has jurisdiction in DeSoto County. Appeals from the Northern District go to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.