2010 Mississippi Code
TITLE 97 - CRIMES
Chapter 9 - Offenses Affecting Administration of Justice.
97-9-23 - Champerty and maintenance; exceptions; legislative intent.
§ 97-9-23. Champerty and maintenance; exceptions; legislative intent.
The provisions of Sections 97-9-11 through 97-9-23 shall not be applicable to attorneys who are parties to contingent fee contracts with their clients where the attorney does not pay or protect the client from payment of the costs and expenses of litigation, nor shall said sections apply to suits pertaining to or affecting possession of or title to real or personal property, nor shall said sections apply to suits involving the legality of assessment or collection of taxes, nor shall said sections apply to suits involving rates or charges by common carriers or public utilities, nor shall said sections apply to criminal prosecutions, nor to the payment of attorneys by legal aid societies approved by the Mississippi State Bar.
Nothing in Sections 97-9-11 through 97-9-23 is intended to be in derogation of the constitutional right of real parties in interest to employ counsel or to prosecute any available legal remedy. The intent, as herein set out, is to prohibit and punish, more clearly and definitely, champerty, maintenance, barratry, and the solicitation or stirring up of litigation, whether the same be committed by licensed attorneys or by others who are not real parties in interest to the subject matter of such litigation.
Sources: Codes, 1942, § 2049-07; Laws, 1956, ch. 253, § 7.
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