2020 Mississippi Code
Title 41 - Public Health
Chapter 29 - Poisons, Drugs and Other Controlled Substances
Article 7 - Interception of Wire or Oral Communications
§ 41-29-513. Form and content of application for order authorizing interception of communication; ex parte hearing

Universal Citation: MS Code § 41-29-513 (2020)
  1. To be valid, an application for an order authorizing the interception of a wire, oral or other communication must be made in writing under oath to a judge of competent jurisdiction in the circuit court district of the location where the interception of wire, oral or other communications is sought, or a circuit court district contiguous to such circuit court district, and must state the applicant's authority to make the application. An applicant must include the following information in the application:
    1. A statement that the application has been requested by the director and the identity of the prosecutor making the application;
    2. A full and complete statement of the facts and circumstances relied on by the applicant to justify his belief that an order should be issued including:
      1. Details about the particular offense that has been, is being, or is about to be committed;
      2. A particular description of the nature and location of the facilities from which or the place where the communication is to be intercepted;
      3. A particular description of the type of communication sought to be intercepted; and
      4. The identity of the person, if known, committing the offense and whose communications are to be intercepted;
    3. A full and complete statement as to whether or not other investigative procedures have been tried and failed or why they reasonably appear to be unlikely to succeed or to be too dangerous if tried;
    4. A statement of the period of time for which the interception is required to be maintained and, if the nature of the investigation is such that the authorization for interception should not automatically terminate when the described type of communication is first obtained, a particular description of the facts establishing probable cause to believe that additional communications of the same type will occur after the described type of communication is obtained;
    5. A statement whether a covert entry will be necessary to properly and safely install the wiretapping or electronic surveillance or eavesdropping equipment and, if a covert entry is requested, a statement as to why such an entry is necessary and proper under the facts of the particular investigation, including a full and complete statement as to whether other investigative techniques have been tried and have failed or why they reasonably appear to be unlikely to succeed or to be too dangerous if tried or are not feasible under the circumstances or exigencies of time;
    6. A full and complete statement of the facts concerning all applications known to the prosecutor making the application that have been previously made to a judge for authorization to intercept wire, oral or other communications involving any of the persons, facilities or places specified in the application and of the action taken by the judge on each application; and
    7. If the application is for the extension of an order, a statement setting forth the results already obtained from the interception or a reasonable explanation of the failure to obtain results.
  2. The judge may, in an ex parte in camera hearing, require additional testimony or documentary evidence in support of the application, and such testimony or documentary evidence shall be preserved as part of the application.
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