2019 Mississippi Code
Title 93 - Domestic Relations
Chapter 15 - Mississippi Termination of Parental Rights Law
§ 93-15-105. Jurisdiction and venue

Universal Citation: MS Code § 93-15-105 (2019)
  • (1) The chancery court has original exclusive jurisdiction over all termination of parental rights proceedings except that a county court, when sitting as a youth court with jurisdiction of a child in an abuse or neglect proceeding, has original exclusive jurisdiction to hear a petition for termination of parental rights against a parent of that child.

  • (2)

    • (a) Venue in a county court sitting as a youth court for termination of parental rights proceedings shall be in the county in which the court has jurisdiction of the child in the abuse or neglect proceedings. Venue in chancery court for termination of parental rights proceedings shall be proper either in the county in which the defendant resides, the child resides or in the county where an agency or institution having custody of the child is located.

    • (b) Transfers of venue shall be governed by the Mississippi Rules of Civil Procedure.

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