Some Changes Coming to a Chancery District Near You?

March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

There is legislation wending its way through the halls of the Capital that might end up making some changes in your chancery court district.

HB 1026 has passed the House and is before the Senate. If it would pass in its current form here are some of the changes you could expect in chancery:

  • Third District (DeSoto, Grenada, Montgomery, Panola, Tate, Yalobusha). Adds one additional chancellor to bring the total to four. Two chancellors would be elected from DeSoto, and two would be elected from the remaining counties. Current chancellors are Lynchard, Lundy, and Cobb.
  • Fourth District (Amite, Franklin, Pike, Walthall). Adds one chancellor. Current lone chancellor is Halford. This district is now one of only four one-judge chancery districts in the state. If this change goes through, that would leave the following one-judge districts: Second (Newton, Scott and Jasper) Clark; Fifteenth (Copiah and Lincoln), Patten; Nineteenth (Jones and Wayne), McKenzie.
  • Ninth District (Washington, Sunflower, Humphreys, Sharkey, Issaquena, and Warren). Would surrender Humphries to a newly-created Twenty-First District, leaving Washington, Sunflower, Sharkey, Issaquena, and Warren . Current chancellors are Barnes, Weathersby and Wilson.
  • Eleventh District (Madison, Yazoo, Holmes, Leake). Would surrender Yazoo and Holmes to a newly-created Twenty-First District, leaving Madison and Leake in the eleventh. Current chancellors are Goree and Brewer.
  • Twentieth District (Rankin). Would add one chancellor. Current chancellors are Grant and Fairly.
  • Twenty-First District (Humphries, Holmes and Yazoo). Would create this district. Number of chancellors is not specified in the bill, as far as I can tell.
  • There are numerous changes to arrangement of precincts within subdistricts. If your district has subdistricts, you might want to check the bill to see whether any changes are being made.    

There are also changes made in circuit court districts and judgeships.

Of course, this legislation still has to make it through the Senate, and then through conference, and then get the Governor’s signature before it becomes law, and it may see some substantial revisions in the process. If it does survive to become law, however, it will make some of the most visible changes in the chancery landscape that most of us have seen in many years.

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