Court Records

Authorization to destroy records of chancery, circuit, county, youth, or justice courts in Mississippi must be obtained from the Department of Archives and History.  Because the Local Government Records Committee does not have the authority to issue records retention guidelines for court records, disposal authorization is based on several statutes in the Mississippi Code.  In addition, requests for court records disposal will be reviewed to determine the records’ potential archival value.

You may request disposal authorization here.  Be sure to include in your request the type of record you wish to destroy (e.g. “Circuit Court Case Files”), the span of dates of the records, and your postal mail address.  Upon approval, a disposal authorization will be mailed to the address included in your request. 

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