Cases that may be heard in County Court include:
- Civil actions between $2,500 and $75,000
- Felony preliminaries
- Eminent Domain
- Criminal appeals from all municipal courts
- Civil action appeals from Justice Court
County Courts exist in 19 counties, with a total of 23 judges. They are elected for four year terms and are required to be lawyers, at least 26 years old with five years experience in law practice. Their salary is determined by their county’s population and classification.
County Court Judges hear civil actions under $75,000, as well as civil appeals from the Justice and Municipal courts. They try misdemeanor criminal cases and conduct preliminary hearings, in addition to serving as the Youth (juvenile) Court.
Juries are utilized in County Courts and appeals may be taken to the Chancery or Circuit Court, depending upon the nature of the case. The County Court is a court of record (has a court reporter) and it may be assigned cases from the Chancery and Circuit Courts to assist with heavy case loads or judge recusals.
Jason Collins – Director