2001 Regular Session
To: Judiciary A
By: Representative Watson
House Bill 1207
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 11-51-79, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO CONFORM THE TIME FOR APPEAL FROM COUNTY COURT TO CIRCUIT COURT TO THE UNIFORM RULES OF CIRCUIT AND COUNTY COURT; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 11-51-79, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
11-51-79. No appeals or certiorari shall be taken from any interlocutory order of the county court, but if any matter or cause be unreasonably delayed of final judgment therein, it shall be good cause for an order of transfer to the circuit or chancery court upon application therefor to the circuit judge or chancellor. Appeals from the law side of the county court shall be made to the circuit court, and those from the equity side to the chancery court on application made therefor and bond given according to law, except as hereinafter provided. Such appeal shall operate as a supersedeas only when such would be applicable in the case of appeals to the Supreme Court. Appeals should be considered solely upon the record as made in the county court and may be heard by the appellate court in termtime or in vacation. If no prejudicial error be found, the matter shall be affirmed and judgment or decree entered in the same manner and against the like parties and with like penalties as is provided in affirmances in the Supreme Court. If prejudicial error be found, the court shall reverse and shall enter judgment or decree in the manner and against like parties and with like penalties as is provided in reversals in the Supreme Court; provided, that if a new trial is granted the cause shall be remanded to the docket of such circuit or chancery court and a new trial be had therein de novo. Appeals from the county court shall be taken and bond given within thirty (30) days from the date of the entry of the final judgment or decree on the minutes of the court; provided, however, that the county judge may within said thirty (30) days, for good cause shown by affidavit, extend the time, but in no case exceeding sixty (60) days from the date of the said final judgment or decree. Judgments or decrees of affirmance, except as otherwise hereinafter provided, may be appealed to the Supreme Court under the same rules and regulations and under the same penalties, in case of affirmance, as appertain to appeals from other final judgments or decrees of said courts, but when on appeal from the county court a case has been reversed by the circuit or chancery court there shall be no appeal to the Supreme Court until final judgment or decree in the court to which it has been appealed. When the result of an appeal in the Supreme Court shall be a reversal of the lower court and in all material particulars in effect an affirmance of the judgment or decree of the county court, the mandate may go directly to the county court, otherwise to the proper lower court. Provided, however, that when appeals are taken in felony cases which have been transferred from the circuit court to the county court for trial, and have been there tried, such appeals from the judgment of the county court shall be taken directly to the Supreme Court.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2001.