1997 Regular Session
To: Fees, Salaries and Administration
By: Senator(s) Robertson
Senate Bill 2739
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 25-7-25, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO REVISE THE FEES CHARGED IN JUSTICE COURTS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 25-7-25, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
25-7-25. Costs and fees in the justice court shall be charged as follows and shall be paid in advance to the clerk of the justice court in accordance with the provisions of Section 9-11-10:
(a) A clerk's fee to be collected in all civil cases, whether contested or uncontested, which shall include all services in connection therewith, * * * except as hereinafter stated,
(b) For more than one (1) defendant, for service of process on each defendant 5.00
(c) Provided, that if any defendant resides out of the county, an additional 10.00
(d) Provided further, that after final judgment has been enrolled, further proceedings involving levy of execution on judgments and attachment and garnishment proceedings shall be a new suit for which the clerk's fee shall be 15.00
(e) A clerk's fee to be collected for certified copies of judgments, each 3.00
(f) For all services in connection with the issuance of a peace bond 15.00
(g) For celebrating a marriage, and certificate thereof 10.00
(h) Commission to take depositions 5.00
(i) Appeal with proceedings and bond 15.00
(j) A clerk's fee to be collected in all criminal cases in which the defendant is convicted, as follows:
(i) For all violations in Title 63 other than driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or reckless driving 10.00
(ii) All other criminal cases 10.00
(k) In addition to the salary provided for in subsection (1) of Section 25-3-36, each justice court judge may receive a fee of not more than Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) for each marriage ceremony he performs in the courtroom or offices of the justice court at any time the courtroom or offices are open to the public. This fee shall be paid by the parties to the marriage. Each justice court judge may receive money or gratuities for marriage ceremonies performed outside of and away from the courtroom and the offices of the justice court, that the parties to the marriage request to have performed at any time the courtroom or offices of the justice court are closed. These monies or gratuities, in an amount agreed upon by the parties to the marriage, are not considered fees for the justice court and are not subject to the requirements set forth in the provisions of Section 9-11-10.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1997.