Civil Matters

Orders

Regardless of the county in which the matter originated, all proposed orders for all judges can be forwarded to the Court Administrator’s Office in Tupelo, Mississippi. Please address the envelope to the assigned judge, P.O. Drawer 1100, Tupelo, MS 38802.

Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope for prompt return. Signed orders will be returned unfiled. It is your responsibility to file the order with the appropriate Circuit Clerk’s office.

All agreed orders must contain signatures of counsel for all parties and/or signatures of any parties not represented by counsel.

Motions

In order to schedule a hearing on a civil motion, please refer to the list of available civil motion dates located under the Court Calendar section of this website. Please confer with all parties to select an available date. If the hearing will take place before Judge Funderburk, please prepare an Agreed Order Setting for his signature. For all other judges, please file a Notice of Hearing with the Circuit Clerk’s Office and forward a copy of the notice to the Court Administrator’s Office via mail, facsimile or email.

If a scheduled hearing needs to be cancelled, please file a Notice of Cancellation with the Circuit Clerk’s Office and forward a copy to the Court Administrator’s Office and the hearing will be removed from the docket.

Judge Gardner only conducts civil motion days in Lee County. Judge Funderburk, Judge Pounds and Judge Roberts conduct civil motion days throughout the district. A hearing on a motion does not necessarily need to be heard in the county in which the action originated. However, Judge Pounds and Judge Funderburk require motion hearings involving a pro se party to be held in either the original or an adjacent county.

Judge Gardner and Judge Roberts do not conduct hearings on motions for summary judgment. Once the motion has been fully briefed, please forward a letter to that effect to the Court Administrator’s Office. Following a review of the submitted briefs, the Court will issue a ruling on the pleadings if it is determined that a hearing on the motion would not be necessary.

Pursuant to the Uniform Rules of Circuit and County Court Practice, be sure to forward a copy of any motion or response that has been filed with the Circuit Clerk’s Office to the assigned judge via the Court Administrator’s Office.

Trials

In order to schedule a trial for a civil matter, you must request trial dates from the Court Administrator’s Office. You may request trial dates by completing the following form or by forwarding a written request to the Court Administrator’s Office via mail, facsimile or email. If you choose to send a written request, be sure to include the information requested in the form below.

The Court Administrator’s Office will contact you via telephone or email with a list of available trial dates. Once all counsel have agreed upon an available trial date, please forward an Agreed Order Setting Trial to the assigned judge via the Court Administrator’s Office.

If a settlement is reached in a case that has been placed on the trial calendar, please forward a letter to that effect to the Court Administrator’s Office and the trial will be removed from the trial calendar.

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Continuances

To request a continuance of a trial in a civil matter, please file the proper motion with the Circuit Clerk’s office and forward a copy of the motion to the assigned judge via the Court Administrator’s Office. Be sure to include a proposed Order of Continuance along with a self-addressed stamped envelope for prompt return.

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Request a Trial Date

Have a Jury Excuse?

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