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Chancery Court Topics:


 Sarah Westbrook, Court Administrator
Sarah_Westbrook@co.jackson.ms.us

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 998
Pascagoula, MS 39568

Physical Location:
Jackson County Courts Building
3104 Magnolia Street
Entrance on Convent Street
Pascagoula, MS

Phone Number:
228.769.1179

Fax:
228.769.3367


 


 

Chancery Court


 Chancery Court
Judge G. Charles Bordis, IV
Courtroom A
 
228.769.3035
Fax: 228.769.3424

 Chancery Court
Judge Jaye Bradley
Courtroom B
228.769.3036
Fax: 228.769.3189

 Chancery Court
Judge Neil Harris
Courtroom C
228.769.3034
Fax: 228.769.3488



Cases Heard in the Chancery Court


  • Domestic/family matters: divorce, child custody, property division, adoptions, alimony
  • Estates of descendants
  • Land issues (titles, contracts)
  • Commitments of mentally disabled
  • Equity appeals from County Court

Chancery Court Hearing schedule

Hearings are Held in Courtroom D

DHS: 
Every Wednesday

Uncontested Divorces Before Master: 
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 (ONLY heard during term)

About Chancery Court and Judges

Requirements for Chancery Court Judges

  • Elected Officials serving 4 year terms
  • Practicing lawyer for five years 
  • 26 years of age or older
  • Citizen of state for at least 5 years


Background on the Chancery Court in Mississippi
 
The Chancery Court has always been the separate court of equity (as distinguished from the law court circuit) in Mississippi, and the Chancellor generally hears cases without a jury. Juries are permitted only in paternity cases and will contests. An advisory jury is permitted in any case, but as the jury's decision is advisory only and not binding on the Chancellor, this use of a jury seems of little or no use. Advisory juries are rarely utilized but all litigants have the right to request the same.

The Chancery Court handles equity cases involving domestic and family matters such as divorce, child custody and support, property division, adoptions, and all related issues. Additionally, the Chancery Court handles and processes the estates of decedents (with or without a Last Will and Testament) and all issues involving minors. This court handles a wide variety of other matters, including issues concerning title to land, contracts, injunctive matters, and commitments of persons impaired through mental disability and/or chemical-substance-alcohol abuse.

In the 63 counties having no Family or County Court, the Chancery Court either hears all youth court proceedings or appoints a Youth Court Referee (Judge) to do so. The Chancery Court is a court of record and its appeals are to the Mississippi Supreme Court.