JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - County courts in Jones, Lee and Rankin
counties are participating in a pilot program aimed at speeding up
the handling of civil cases involving damages of less than $50,000.
Former Hinds County Judge James Bell said the goal is the reduce
the cost of court cases and expedite decisions without sacrificing
fairness. Bell is now a Jackson attorney who sits on a committee
that advises the Mississippi Supreme Court on possible FF/cedural
He said that in smaller cases, the claim is often worth less
than what it costs to prosecute.
Cases involving small contract disputes and automobile accidents
with no serious injuries are among the kinds of cases that could be
handled in the pilot program.
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