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In re Local Rules

Supreme Court of Mississippi

October 1, 2019

IN RE: LOCAL RULES

          ORDER

          DAVID M. ISHEE, JUSTICE

         Now before the en banc Court is a letter motion to amend the Rules of Practice and Procedure for the Fifth Chancery District (Motion No. 2019-1391), filed by Chancellor Denise Owens.

         On April 4, 2019, Chancellor Owens entered an Order Adopting Local Rules, with proposed amendments attached. The order said the amendments will be effective 30 days after this Court's approval.

         Chancellor Owens now submits the proposed amended local rules for our approval.

         After due consideration, we find that the motion should be granted in part, with revisions to Rule 23, as set forth in the attached Exhibit A.

         IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that the letter motion is granted in part, with revisions to Rule 23, as set forth in the attached Exhibit A. Consistent with Chancellor Owens's April 4, 2019, Order Adopting Local Rules, the amended rules shall be effective 30 days after entry of this order.

         SO ORDERED

         ALL JUSTICES AGREE.

         Exhibit A

         FIFTH CHANCERY DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT, HINDS COUNTY, JACKSON SECOND JUDICIAL DISTRICT, HINDS COUNTY, RAYMOND LOCAL RULES

         EFFECTIVE WHEN APPROVED BY THE MISSISSIPPI SUPREME COURT PURSUANT TO RULE 83 M. R. C. P.

         RULE 1.

         The Chancery Court of the Fifth Chancery District is divided into four divisions, and the Chancellors are as follows: Division I1, J. Dewayne Thomas; Division II2, Tiffany Grove William H. Singletary; Division III3, Denise Owens; and Division IV4, Crystal Wise Martin Patricia D. Wise. The division will hold hearings in the courtroom of the same number.

         RULE 2.

         Administrative acts and policy decisions for the Fifth Chancery District will be determined by majority vote.

         RULE 3.

         Ex parte days are as follows: Division I1, Wednesday (9:00 a.m. - 11:530 a.m.) by appointment:; Division II2, Thursday (9:300 a.m. - 11:530 a.m.) by appointment; Division III3, Tuesday (9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.) by appointment; Division IV4, Thursday Monday (9:00 a.m. -11:30 a.m.) by no appointment needed.

         RULE 4.

         Division of civil cases shall be assigned as follows:

1. (a) General docket civil actions and Probate civil actions shall be given a sequential number by the Chancery Clerk in the order being filed and shall then be divided in rotation by number in sequence to divisions of the ...

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