2007 Regular Session
By: Representative Snowden
A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO SECTION 159, MISSISSIPPI CONSTITUTION OF 1890, TO PROVIDE THAT COUNTY COURT SHALL HAVE CONCURRENT JURISDICTION WITH THE CHANCERY CLERK ON CHILD CUSTODY MATTERS; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, That the following amendment to the Mississippi Constitution of 1890 is proposed to the qualified electors of the state:
Amend Section 159, Mississippi Constitution of 1890, to read as follows:
"Section 159. The chancery court shall have full jurisdiction in the following matters and cases, viz.:
(a) All matters in equity;
(b) Divorce and alimony;
(c) Matters testamentary and of administration;
(d) Minor's business;
(e) Cases of idiocy, lunacy, and persons of unsound mind;
(f) All cases of which the said court had jurisdiction under the laws in force when this Constitution is put in operation.
The county court shall have concurrent jurisdiction with the chancery court on child custody matters."
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That this proposed amendment shall be submitted by the Secretary of State to the qualified electors at an election to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November 2007, as provided by Section 273 of the Constitution and by general law.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the explanation of this proposed amendment for the ballot shall read as follows: "This proposed constitutional amendment will provide county court with concurrent jurisdiction with chancery court on child custody matters."