1998 Regular Session
To: County Affairs
By: Representative Ford
House Bill 508
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 25-7-27, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCREASE THE FEE AUTHORIZED TO BE PAID TO A CONSTABLE FOR SERVICES RELATED TO POST-JUDGMENT EXECUTIONS, ATTACHMENTS AND GARNISHMENT PROCEEDINGS; TO EXTEND THE DATE OF REPEAL OF THE PROVISION THAT AUTHORIZES A CONSTABLE TO BE PAID A FEE FOR COLLECTING DELINQUENT CRIMINAL FINES IN JUSTICE COURT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 25-7-27, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
25-7-27. (1) Marshals and constables shall charge the following fees:
(a) A uniform total fee in all cases, civil and criminal, whether contested or uncontested, which shall include all services in connection therewith, except as hereinafter stated, each $ 25.00
Provided, however, that in all cases where there is more than one (1) defendant, for service on each additional defendant
(b) Provided, however, 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 marshal or constable shall be entitled to the following fee $ 25.00
(c) Conveying a person charged with a crime to jail, each mile $ .20
To be paid out of the county treasury on the allowance of the board of supervisors, when the state fails in the prosecution, or the person is convicted but is not able to pay the costs.
(d) For other service, the same fees allowed sheriffs for similar services.
(e) For service as a bailiff in any court in a civil case, to be paid by the county on allowance of the court on issuance of a warrant therefor, an amount equal to the per diem compensation provided under Section 25-3-69 for each day, or part thereof, for which he serves as bailiff when the court is in session.
(f) For serving all warrants and other process, attending all trials in state cases in which the state fails in the prosecution, to be paid out of the county treasury on the allowance of the board of supervisors without itemization, subject, however, to the condition that the marshal or constable must not have overcharged in the collection of fees for costs, contrary to the provisions of this section, annually not to exceed $1,000.00
(2) Marshals and constables shall be paid all uncollected fees levied under subsection (1) of this section in full from the first proceeds received by the court from the guilty party or from any other source of payment in connection with the case.
(3) In addition to the fees authorized to be paid to a constable under subsection (1) of this section, a constable may receive payments for collecting delinquent criminal fines in justice court pursuant to the provisions of Section 19-3-41(3). This subsection shall stand repealed from and after July 1, 1999.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.