County courts to test small claims changes

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

rule changes.

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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