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Legal Statutes: Mississippi

UPDATED August 12, 2016

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Article 1. Protection from Domestic Abuse Law

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(1) The municipal justice, county or chancery court shall have jurisdiction over proceedings under this chapter as provided in this chapter. The petitioner's right to relief under this chapter shall not be affected by his leaving the residence or household to avoid further abuse.

(2) Venue shall be proper in any county or municipality where the respondent resides or in any county or municipality where the alleged abusive act or acts occurred.

(3) If a petition for an order for protection from domestic abuse is filed in a court lacking proper venue, the court, upon objection of the respondent, shall transfer the action to the appropriate venue pursuant to other applicable law.

(4) A record shall be made of any proceeding in justice or municipal court that involves domestic abuse.

Laws 1981, Ch. 429, § 3, eff. July 1, 1981. Amended by Laws 2009, Ch. 545, § 2, eff. July 1, 2009; Laws 2012, Ch. 514, § 1, eff. July 1, 2012.