|Website for the 7th Chancery Court District of Mississippi
This is the website for the 7th Chancery Court District of Mississippi. The 7th District is divided into two sub-districts. Sub-district one consists of the counties of Bolivar and Coahoma. Sub-district two consists of the counties of Leflore, Tallahatchie, Quitman, and Tunica. However, the entire 7th District is presided over by all three of the district's chancellors. They are Chancellor Catherine Farris-Carter
, Chancellor Jon M. Barnwell
, and Chancellor W.M. Sanders
What is the Chancery Court?
The Chancery Court is a court of equity, or fairness, created to hear those types of cases where the strict application of the law could not give adequate remedy. As such, the Chancery Court, by statute and the Mississippi Constitution, hears all cases of:
Rules of the Court
- divorce, alimony, and child custody and support;
- minors' business ;
- all matters in equity, including cases of fraud or mistake, property rights, conveyances of property, mortgages and liens on property, injunctions, specific performance of contracts;
- matters testamentary and of administration
- matters of idiocy, lunacy, and persons of unsound minds; and,
- all matters of which the Chancery Court had jurisdiction when the state constitution came into existence
See Expanded Court PDF Document Information
- All pro se divorces with children must have a guardian ad litem.
- All divorces with children must have an 8.05 Financial Disclosure.
- All other matters must have either an 8.05 Financial Disclosure or must incorporate the 8.05 Waiver.
|Master Court Docket
The Master Docket link
will take you to the Court's Docket for the next three months. General rules regarding the docket are as follows:
Irreconcilable Differences (No-Fault) Divorce
- Friday is the Court's ex parte day. Hearings are held at the Leflore County Courthouse, in Greenwood, although the Chancellor will hear matters from the entire district on this day.
- All cases are set to a time certain.
- As a general rule, backup settings are not permitted.
- All cases must be set with the Court Administrator. Do not use this docket to set matters, as it is very fluid, and changes several times each day.
- Orders Setting are not required, although the Chancellor will be happy to enter an order if one is desired.
- Available dates are on a first-come, first-served, basis. When you obtain available dates from the Court Administrator, please be aware that the dates will not be held. Thus, the earlier you can confirm the date, the more likely it is that the date will still be available.
The Chancery Court recognizes that there are many different forms available to those who wish to obtain a divorce without hiring an attorney. Unfortunately, many of those forms are poorly designed and do not meet the legal requirements necessary to obtain a divorce in Mississippi. In order to assist the citizens of this district, the Court has had forms prepared. Contact us for a copy. Every party to a divorce is strongly encouraged to seek the advice of an attorney in any divorce. If you do not exercise certain rights at the time of the divorce, your ability to bring them up later will generally not be allowed, and they will be lost forever. Only an attorney can adequately inform you of your rights. Further, although an attorney is not required, if there are children, the Court requires that a Guardian Ad Litem
be appointed to insure that the best interests of the children are protected.