2002 Regular Session

To: Judiciary A

By: Representative Cummings, Jennings, Mayo

House Bill 766



     SECTION 1.  Section 25-7-13, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

     25-7-13.  (1)  The clerks of the circuit court shall charge the following fees:

(a)  Docketing, filing, marking and registering each complaint, petition and indictment......................................................... $75.00

     The fee set forth in this paragraph shall be the total fee for all services performed by the clerk up to and including entry of judgment with respect to each complaint, petition or indictment, including all answers, claims, orders, continuances and other papers filed therein, issuing each writ, summons, subpoena or other such instruments, swearing witnesses, taking and recording bonds and pleas, and recording judgments, orders, fiats and certificates; the fee shall be payable upon filing and shall accrue to the clerk at the time of collection.  The clerk or his successor in office shall perform all duties set forth above without additional compensation or fee.

(b)  Docketing and filing each suggestion for a writ of garnishment, suggestion for a writ of execution and judgment debtor actions and issuing all process, filing and recording orders or other papers and swearing witnesses................... $30.00

     (2)  Except as provided in subsection (1) of this section, the clerks of the circuit court shall charge the following fees:

(a)  Filing and marking each order or other paper and recording and indexing same$ 2.00

(b)  Issuing each writ, summons, subpoena, citation, capias and other such instruments$ 1.00

(c)  Administering an oath and taking bond..... $ 2.00

(d)  Certifying copies of filed documents, for each complete document   $ 1.00

          (e)  Recording orders, fiats, licenses, certificates, oaths and bonds:

First page................................ $ 2.00

Each additional page...................... $ 1.00

          (f)  Furnishing copies of any papers of record or on file and entering marginal notations on documents of record:

If performed by the clerk or his employee,

per page................................................. $ 1.00

If performed by any other person, per page$  .25

(g)  Judgment roll entry....................... $ 5.00

(h)  Taxing cost and certificate............... $ 1.00

(i)  For taking and recording application for marriage license, for filing and recording consent of parents when required by law, for filing and recording medical certificate, filing and recording proof of age, recording and issuing license, recording and filing returns   $30.00

     The clerk shall deposit Eighteen Dollars ($18.00) of each fee collected for a marriage license in the Victims of Domestic Violence Fund established in Section 93-21-117, on a monthly basis.

          (j)  For certified copy of marriage license and search of record, the same fee charged by the Bureau of Vital Statistics of the State Board of Health.

(k)  For public service not particularly provided for, the circuit court may allow the clerk, per annum, to be paid by the county on presentation of the circuit court's order, the following amount...................................... $5,000.00

     However, in the counties having two (2) judicial districts, such above allowance shall be made for each judicial district.

(l)  For drawing jurors and issuing venire, to be paid by the county    $ 5.00

(m)  For each day's attendance upon the circuit court term, for himself and necessary deputies allowed by the court, each to be paid by the county$30.00

(n)  Summons, each juror to be paid by the county upon the allowance of the court$ 1.00

(o)  For issuing each grand jury subpoena, to be paid by the county on allowance by the court, not to exceed Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00) in any one (1) term of court    $ 1.00

     (3)  On order of the court, clerks and deputies may be allowed five (5) extra days for attendance upon the court to get up records.

     (4)  The clerk's fees in state cases where the state fails in the prosecution, or in cases of felony where the defendant is convicted and the cost cannot be made out of his estate, in an amount not to exceed Four Hundred Dollars ($400.00) in one (1) year, shall be paid out of the county treasury on approval of the circuit court, and the allowance thereof by the board of supervisors of the county.  In counties having two (2) judicial districts, such allowance shall be made in each judicial district; however, the maximum thereof shall not exceed Eight Hundred Dollars ($800.00).  Clerks in the circuit court, in cases where appeals are taken in criminal cases and no appeal bond is filed, shall be allowed by the board of supervisors of the county after approval of their accounts by the circuit court, in addition to the above fees, for making such transcript the rate of Two Dollars ($2.00) per page.

     (5)  The clerk of the circuit court may retain as his commission on all money coming into his hands, by law or order of the court, a sum to be fixed by the court not exceeding one-half of one percent (1/2 of 1%) on all such sums.

     (6)  For making final records required by law, including, but not limited to, circuit and county court minutes, and furnishing transcripts of records, the circuit clerk shall charge Two Dollars ($2.00) per page.  The same fees shall be allowed to all officers for making and certifying copies of records or papers which they are authorized to copy and certify.

     (7)  The circuit clerk shall prepare an itemized statement of fees for services performed, cost incurred, or for furnishing copies of any papers of record or on file, and shall submit the statement to the parties or, if represented, to their attorneys within sixty (60) days.  A bill for same shall accompany the statement.

     SECTION 2.  Section 93-1-5, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:

     93-1-5.  It shall be unlawful for the circuit court clerk to issue a marriage license until the following conditions precedent have been complied with:

           (a)  Parties desiring a marriage license shall make application therefor in writing to the clerk of the circuit court of any county in the State of Mississippi; provided, however, that if the female applicant shall be under the age of twenty-one (21) years and shall be a resident of the State of Mississippi, said application shall be made to the circuit court clerk of the county of residence of such female applicant.  Said application shall be forthwith filed with the circuit court clerk and shall include the names, ages and addresses of the parties applying; the names and addresses of the parents of the parties applying, and if no parents, then names and addresses of the guardian or next of kin; the signatures of witnesses; and any other data which may be required by law or the Mississippi State Board of Health.  The application shall be sworn to by both applicants.

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           (b)  An affidavit showing the age of both applying parties shall be made by either the father, mother, guardian or next of kin of each of the contracting parties and filed with the clerk of the circuit court along with the application; or in lieu thereof, said both applying parties shall appear in person before the circuit court clerk and make and subscribe an oath in person, which said affidavit shall be attached to and noted on the application for the marriage license.  In addition to either of the previous conditions stated, further proof of age shall be presented to the circuit court clerk in the form of either a birth certificate, baptismal record, armed service discharge, armed service identification card, life insurance policy, insurance certificate, school record, driver's license, or other official document evidencing age.  Said document substantiating age and date of birth shall be examined by the circuit court clerk before whom application is made, and the circuit court clerk shall retain in his file with the application such document or a certified or photostatic copy thereof.

           (c)  The clerk shall not issue a marriage license under the provisions of this section unless the male applicant is at least seventeen (17) years of age, and the female is at least fifteen (15) years of age; provided, however, that if satisfactory proof is furnished to the judge of any circuit, chancery or county court that sufficient reasons exist and that said parties desire to be married to each other and that the parents or other person in loco parentis of the person or persons so under age consent thereto, then the judge of any such court in the county where either of such parties resides may waive the minimum age requirement and by written instrument authorize the clerk of the court to issue the marriage license to the parties if they are otherwise qualified by law.  Authorization shall be a part of the confidential files of the clerk of the court, subject to inspection only by written permission of the judge.

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           (d)  In no event shall a license be issued by the circuit court clerk when it appears to the circuit court clerk that the applicants are, or either of them is, drunk, insane or an imbecile.

     Any circuit clerk shall be liable under his official bond because of noncompliance with the provisions of this section.

     Any circuit court clerk who issues a marriage license without complying with the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) and not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).

     SECTION 3.  This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2002.