2005 Regular Session
To: Fees, Salaries and Administration
By: Senator(s) Burton
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 19-25-31, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO ALLOW A CONSTABLE TO BE APPOINTED AS A RIDING BAILIFF; TO AMEND SECTION 25-7-27, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO INCREASE CERTAIN CONSTABLE FEES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 19-25-31, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
19-25-31. Each judge of a circuit, chancery or county court, or a court of eminent domain may, in the judge's discretion, by order entered on the minutes of the court, allow the sheriff riding bailiffs to serve in the respective court of such judge, not to exceed four (4) bailiffs. Any such person so employed shall be paid by the county on allowances of the court on issuance of a warrant therefor in an amount of Fifty-five Dollars ($55.00) for each day, or part thereof, for which he serves as bailiff when the court is in session. No full-time deputy sheriff shall be paid as a riding bailiff of any court, but the judge may appoint a constable as a riding bailiff. County court judges shall be limited to one (1) bailiff per each court day.
SECTION 2. 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) (i) A uniform total fee in all civil cases, whether contested or uncontested, which shall include all services in connection therewith, except as stated otherwise in this section, each................... $25.00
(ii) A uniform total fee in all criminal cases, whether contested or uncontested, which shall include all services in connection therewith, except as stated otherwise in this section, each................... $35.00
(iii) Inall cases where there is more than one (1) defendant, for service on each additional
(iv) When a complaining party has provided erroneous information to the clerk of the court relating to the service of process on the defendant or defendants and process cannot be served after diligent search and inquiry, the uniform fee shall be assessed upon subsequent successful service and an additional fee shall be due in the following amount........................... $15.00
(b) 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) For conveying a person charged with a crime to jail, mileage reimbursement in an amount not to exceed the rate established under Section 25-3-41(2).
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 and 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,
(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).
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2005.