Mississippi Public Records

Mississippi has a population of about 3 million residents and it does make clear provisions for sharing the state’s public records with the general public.

The Mississippi Public Records Act came into force in 1983. Prior to this time, there was common law access to the state’s public records due to a 1941 court decisions. The present public records act is enacted in Chapter 6 of Title 25 of the Mississippi Code. It states that “any person” may access public records of Mississippi State. Provided the records are not in any way of confidential nature, it is not a must that the purpose of requesting is stated. The records can be used for any purpose once obtained. Records included in the Act include all files that public bodies, such as the executive, judicial, and legislative branches, produce. However, the judges, legislators, and executives themselves are exempt.

Mississippi Criminal Records

The responsibility of administering background checks in the state of Mississippi is given to the Department of Public Safety, Criminal Information Center. Background checks are performed for the purposes of criminal justice investigations, pre-employment checks, and licensing. You need a court order or a signed for you to request any of these reports. The reports are also fingerprint-based. Therefore, before requesting any of these reports, a fingerprint scan must be completed for every applicant.

Arrest records, jail and inmate records are accessible and you can obtain them through the Department of Corrections website. To obtain any information about any correction facility in Mississippi, services for victims, and inmates, visit the website of the Department of Corrections. To locate an offender in the Mississippi prison system, you can simply perform a search on the Department of Corrections’ offender locator page by ID Number or by Name. You will be given an Inmate Detail page, all offenses, tentative release date, current location, and an image if existing.

Mississippi Court Records

You can obtain court records and information regarding the courts in Mississippi form Mississippi’s administrator of the courts website. You can search most current court cases online using the state’s Mississippi Electronic Courts portal. You can also find the court’s open records policy through this portal. You may steel need to request copies of case files and actual court records through the clerk of the court in which the case was decided.

Mississippi Vital Records

You can obtain Mississippi Vital Records, such as birth, marriage and death certificates from the Office of Vital Records. You can request for any of the vital records in Mississippi in person by visiting the State Office. You can also make a request by mail by downloading and completing the proper form, which you should then return it to Mississippi Vital Records, P.O. Box 1700, Jackson, MS 39215-1700. Alternatively, you can also request any of these records online through VitalCheck.com.

  • Birth records: Birth records are accessible from 1912 to present. These records are only limited to persons listed on the record, legal guardian, an immediate family member, or legal representative
  • Death records: Death records are accessible from 1912 to present. These records are only limited to persons listed on the record, legal guardian, an immediate family member, or legal representative.
  • Marriage records: Marriage records are accessible from 1926 to 1938 and also from 1942 to present.
  • Divorce records: Divorce records are not available at the Office of Vital Records. You can request for these records through the Chancery Clerk in the particular county in which the final decree was made.

Most records in Mississippi are easily accessible and you should be able to obtain the records or information you are looking for without a hassle.

Mississippi State Court System

Understanding how the system of Mississippi state court works is very important as it helps you find court records easily.

Mississippi Courts Overview

To make your work easier, start searching for court records in Mississippi by simply going to courts by county.

The trial court system of Mississippi State consists of Municipal Courts, Justice Courts, Youth Courts, County Courts, Chancery Courts, and Circuit Courts.

Circuit Courts

The Mississippi Circuit Courts have general jurisdiction to handle most criminal and civil cases, but only handle cases that other courts have no jurisdiction to handle. They also handle appeals from administrative agencies, Municipal Courts, Justice, and County.

Criminal cases that these courts hear include lesser-included offenses and felonies. They hear all civil claims involving more than $200,000 in dispute, and certain matters connected to real estate. They may share with County Courts jurisdiction over cases for less than $20,000 in dispute.

Chancery Courts

Mississippi Chancery Courts have exclusive jurisdiction over certain types of cases such as guardianship, mental health, equity, probate matters, domestic relations, and matters connected to real estate.

The Chancery Court judges act as Youth Court judges to preside over juvenile matters in counties where a County Court is not available.

Typical cases that these courts hear include involuntary commitment, child support, the probate of wills, alimony, administration of estates, divorce and legal separation.

County Courts

Mississippi County Courts have exclusive jurisdiction to handle certain types of criminal and civil cases. They share jurisdiction over petty misdemeanors and other criminal cases with Justice Court.

They have limited jurisdiction to handle juvenile matters, whereby the County Court judge is the one who preside of the case at a Youth Court. County Courts also handle most general civil cases for less than $200,00o in dispute, exclusive of interest and costs. They also can handle cases involving partition of private property, eminent domain, and some actions involving unlawful detainer or entry.

Youth Courts

The Mississippi Youth Courts have jurisdiction over all cases involving a dependent child, an abused child, a delinquency child, a juvenile offense, and a neglected child. There are 21 Mississippi counties with County Courts. In these counties, the County Court judge also acts as a Youth Court judge. Chancery Court judge is also the Youth Court judge in counties where there is no County Court.

Justice Courts

These courts have exclusive jurisdiction to handle certain types of criminal and civil cases. General criminal cases heard by these courts include petty misdemeanors and criminal offenses that are punishable by a time in county jail or fine. These courts also conduct preliminary and bond hearings in felony cases. The civil cases these courts handle include general civil cases with less than $3,500 in dispute.

Municipal Courts

Mississippi Municipal Courts have exclusive jurisdiction to handle certain types of criminal and civil cases. Criminal cases these courts hear include municipal ordinance violations and misdemeanor criminal cases.

Court Notes

Most courts in Mississippi operate special Veteran Court, Mental Health Court, and Drug Court programs that can establish treatment in lieu of confinement for some offenders who have mental health or substance abuse problems.

The Official Website of Mississippi County

Jackson City of Jackson, MS – Official Website
Gulfport Gulfport-MS.gov | The Official Web Site for the City of Gulfport Mississippi
Southaven Southaven, MS | Official Website
Hattiesburg VisitHBURG.org :: Visit Hattiesburg, Mississippi – Craft Your Own Adventure
Biloxi City of Biloxi | The Official Website of the City of Biloxi
Meridian City of Meridian
Tupelo www.tupeloms.gov – An All-America City
Olive Branch Welcome to the City of Olive Branch, MS
Horn Lake Welcome to the Official Website of Horn Lake, Mississippi
Clinton The City of Clinton, Mississippi Clinton is located in central Mississippi between the state’s capital city of Jackson Clinton is located in central Mississippi between the state’s capital city of Jackson and port city of Vicksburg. As part of the Jackson Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), our city enjoys the conveniences and workforce availability of the state’s largest metropolis. YOU BELONG HERE!
Pearl City of Pearl, Mississippi – Creating Its Own Future! Pearl, Mississippi is a great place to live not only because it offers superior education opportunities, a strong economy and progressive local
Madison Madison the City Madison the City – Where Families Come First
Ridgeland The City of Ridgeland The City of Ridgeland – Ridgeland. There’s More Here. Residents of the city of Ridgeland know: We have more here! Award winning schools, premier shopping and dining, outdoor recreational amenities, and events
Starkville Starkville, MS – Official Website
Columbus Columbus, MS
Hinds County Hinds County Hinds County MS, listing of available jobs, Election Results, Circuit Court Judge Calendar, Sheriff’s Department information, general county government information
Harrison County Harrison County Online!Harrison County Mississippi Harrison County is located along the beautiful Mississippi Gulf Coast. A fruitful fish and shrimping industry, resorts, gaming, and the world’s longest man made beach can make Harrison County a unique place to live, work, and play.
DeSoto County DeSoto County, MS – Official Website
Rankin County Rankin County, Mississippi The official website of Rankin County, Mississippi
Madison County Madison County Mississippi
Lauderdale County Lauderdale County
Forrest County Forrest County MS
Jones County Jones County MS
Lowndes County Lowndes County
Pearl River County Welcome to Pearl River County on the Web
Lamar County Lamar County | Mississippi
Washington County Washington County, Mississippi Washington County is a leader in education, healthcare, government, high technology, manufacturing and agriculture.
Oktibbeha County Oktibbeha County, Mississippi
Hancock County
Pike County Pike County, Mississippi
Marshall County Marshall County Industrial Development Authority | Mississippi Economic Development The Marshall County Industrial Development Authority is the economic development organization serving the communities, industry, and businesses in Marshall County, Mississippi
Alcorn County Alcorn County Mississippi Online
Lincoln County Lincoln County, Mississippi Located south of the state capital, Lincoln County is a growing area for new residents and careers, as well as outdoor adventures.
Panola County Panola County This site contains information about Panola County Offices, Ordinances, Building Permits, Manufactured Home Permits, Wastewater Permits, Addressing, and Floodplain Management.
Bolivar County BOLIVAR COUNTY | Official Website | Cleveland, MS Bolivar County has it all: We offer a unique combination of a deep rich history, an agriculture heritage, a Blues music legacy, and more!
Leflore County Leflore County, Mississippi
Adams County Adams County Adams County is rich in history and traditions. It is located in the brown loam soil area of the Southwest part of the state along the lower Mississippi River, bordering the state of Louisiana
Neshoba County Neshoba County, Mississippi Neshoba County is a place of heritage and opportunity where our goal is to serve our citizens and build a brighter tomorrow for future generations. We
Sunflower County Sunflower County
Copiah County Copiah Courthouse
Yazoo County Yazoo County, Mississippi Come to Yazoo County for family-friendly events and festivals, African American history, hunting and fishing, Civil War history, and the fresh sites
Simpson County Simpson County
Coahoma County Coahoma County Mississippi
Prentiss County Prentiss County, Mississippi
Leake County Leake County, Mississippi Official website for Leake County, MS, including elected offices and county departments.
Itawamba County Itawamba County, Mississippi
George County George County, Mississippi The Official Website for George County, Mississippi
Grenada County Grenada County, Mississippi

Mississippi Arrests and Inmate Search

Inmate Roster – Adams County Sheriff’s Office Adams County Sheriff’s Office Inmates
Jail – Calhoun County Sheriff MS Calhoun County Inmate Search
Clay County Inmate Roster Search Offering community resources including sex offender information, most wanted, press releases, and message from the sheriff in Clay County Mississippi.
DeSoto County Jail – Inmates DeSoto County Detention Center Inmate Search
Welcome to the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office Website Forrest County Sheriff’s Inmate Search
Hancock County Sheriff’s Office Hancock County Jail Inmate Search
Harrison County Sheriff’s Office – MS Inmate Search Harrison County Sheriff’s Office – MS Inmate Search
Hinds County Inmate Query Hinds County MS, listing of available jobs, Election Results, Circuit Court Judge Calendar, Sheriff’s Department information, general county government information
Inmate Lookup | Jackson County, MS Peruse the listing of people in jail.
Inmate Roster | Jasper SO Jasper County Jail Roster
Jones County Inmate Roster Jones County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Lookup
Inmate Roster – Current Inmates Booking Date Descending – Kemper County Sheriff MS Kemper County Sheriff’s Inmate List
Inmate Search Lamar County Inmate Search
Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office – Current Inmates Lowndes County Jail Roster
Madison County Detention Center CURRENT INMATE LISTING
Inmate Records – Marion County Sheriff’s Office Marion County Sheriff’s Inmate Records
Oktibbeha County Sheriff’s Office  ‑‑ Arrest and Booking Oktibbeha County Inmate List
Welcome to Pearl River County on the Web Pearl River County Inmate Listing
Welcome to the Perry County Sheriff’s Office Perry County Inmate Search
Current Inmates | Pike County Sheriff’s Office Pike County Jail Inmates
Jail – Prentiss County Sheriff MS Prentiss County Sheriff’s Department
Jail – Tate County Sheriff MS Tate County Sheriff’s Dept
Inmate Roster – Current Inmates Booking Date Descending – Tunica County Sheriff’s Office Tunica County Jail Inmate Roster
Mississippi Department of Corrections Mississippi Department of Corrections
Criminal History – Mississippi State Department of Health Mississippi Criminal Background Checks
Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) Section | Mississippi Department of Public Safety Mississippi Department of Public Safety’s Criminal Information Center
State of Mississippi Judiciary Mississippi Judiciary Administrative Office of the Courts
Public Sex Offender Registry Mississippi Sex Offender Registry