Jackson County Law Library Manager Faith Garbin (L) and substitute Elaine Lindgren (R).
The law library is open to the general public between the hours of 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., on Friday. The library is accessible from inside the Pascagoula Public Library. A professional access pass is also available as well as printing and copying services to the legal community.
Listed are some of the numerous on-line resources available to the public. The Law Library collection contains federal, state, and local law materials for the legal community and general public to use inside the facility for research purposes. Call 228-769-3272 for more information.
LEGAL SERVICES IN JACKSON COUNTY
NEW! Ask an attorney! http://MS.freelegalanswers.org See if you qualify; ask a question; check your email; log back in.
NEW! Virtual forms for low-income Mississippians seeking assistance with uncontested divorce, emancipation, and adult name change. www.msatjc.org/need-legal-assistance/
NEW! Try this website: www.mslegalhelp.org
Volunteer lawyers may answer your legal questions for free. To use this website, you must first qualify for help.
NEW! Free information and help for personal Bankruptcy: https://upsolve.org/ms/ is a legal non-profit that helps low-income families file for bankruptcy for free through an online web app. Upsolve states they are the largest bankruptcy nonprofit in America and are responsible for over 30% of free filings. (Please use at your own risk. As with any service, protect your privacy.) They are LSC-funded and linked to by many law libraries across the country.
NEW! Expungement is not “do it yourself” friendly, and private legal help is expensive. This website was created to address these shortcomings: www.expungemississippi.com
Mississippi Center for Legal Services
Must qualify as low-income. Non-criminal cases only.
Address: 520 E. Pass Road, Suite J, Gulfport, MS 39507
APPLY BY PHONE (unless it’s an EMERGENCY, such as Youth Court, Domestic Violence, Eviction issues).
Call toll free at 1-800-498-1804
Or, apply on-line (if not an emergency) at: www.mscenterforlegalservices.org
Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project
www.mvlp.net - Provides free legal assistance and advocacy to disadvantaged people throughout Mississippi. If you qualify (income based), you may be granted assistance with: uncontested divorce, removal of minority/emancipation, wills, adoption, guardianship, name change, birth certificate correction, child support contempt, child support modification, conservatorship and visitation.
What Materials Do We Have? Click here (Adobe PDF file) for the current Alphabetized Shelf Listing. Please call for specific titles.
FREE ON-LINE LAW SERVICES
Westlaw-(A paid subscriber service) is available at no charge to customers inside the Law Library. Three computers available at the Pascagoula Library location.
www.nolo.com-Legal Tips and Information for the general public.
Law Source.com-Provides a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to freely accessible on-line sources of law for the US, Canada, and Mexico. This site contains additional links to sources of commentary and practice aids that are available without charge (or available at a reasonable charge from governmental and nonprofit providers).
Free Advice.com-Covers a variety of topics from A-Z with answers to frequently asked questions.
Law Guru.com-Ask a free legal question. Choose Free Questions or Paid Questions; Paid Questions come with additional benefits and protections.
Helpful Tips about Legal Services -A legal reference for state laws and for finding an attorney.
Free Legal Forms-This site offers many free legal forms and links.
Mississippi Web Sites
www.mslegalservices.org-Find Legal Services Information for Mississippi on topics such as: Consumer, Disability, Disaster Resources, Education, Family and Juvenile, Health, and more. Also, apply for legal aid.
www.mvlp.net-The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project provides free legal assistance and advocacy to disadvantaged Mississippians.
http://www.ago.state.ms.us-(Office of the Attorney General)-Official Attorney General opinions can be accessed at this link as well as information under the headings: Families, Victims, Legal & Law Enforcement, and Business & Consumers.
www.ms.gov-(State of Mississippi Official Website)-This site has links to all of the state agencies and many of the colleges and universities.
www.courts.ms.gov-(Official site of the Mississippi Supreme Court and the Court of Appeals)-Search for recent cases by date, docket number, names, and Southern citations. The Civil Case Filing Form is available on this site.
www.msbar.org-Official site of the Mississippi Bar Association provides access to Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project, Consumer Assistance, Guide to Legalese, How to Choose a Lawyer, Consumer Service, Pro Bono resources and much more.
www.msbar.org/casemaker.php-Available to all Mississippi Lawyers, Casemaker is a unique online legal research tool with a powerful search engine providing access to a combination of state and federal materials.
www.mslawyer.com-Mississippi lawyers directory along with access to cases from the Mississippi Supreme Court and Court of Appeals; updated Mississippi Rules of Court; Mississippi Law Firms listed alphabetically and by area of practice.
www.sos.ms.gov-(Official site of the Secretary of State)-Here you can find the Mississippi Constitution and the Mississippi Code. The Mississippi Code can be searched by keyword or statute number if you have the citation. May also access the Mississippi Official & Statistical Register Blue Book.
Harrison County Law Library -Harrison County Law Library website with links to assorted legal sites.
http://billstatus.ls.state.ms.us-Conduct a legislation search using the Mississippi Legislative Bill Status System. Also includes lists of Mississippi legislators, legislative calendar, schedule, and other information.
Federal Government Web Sites
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services-Information about citizenship, Green Cards, forms, etc.
www.copyright.gov-(U.S.Copyright Office)-Learn copyright basics, search copyright records, look at key publications, laws and regulations and register a work on-line. Also, provides links to other copyright-related organizations.
www.uspto.gov-(U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)-This federal agency grants U.S. patents and registers trademarks. Useful information and links.
www.house.gov-(The U.S. House Of Representatives/Government Information Resources)-This site has the Federal Web Locator for branches of government and federal agencies.
uscode.house.gov-This is the House of Representatives internet law library. The U.S. Code is free of charge here. You may pull up sections with a citation or search in a variety of ways.
www.uscourts.gov-Provides a variety of information about our Federal Courts including forms, fees, and court records with access to PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records).
www.archives.gov-National Archives and Records Administration)-The Office of Federal Register provides access to the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and to the official text of Federal Laws, Presidential Documents, and more.
www.gpo.gov/- U.S. Government Publishing Office provides searchable on-line U.S. Code.
www.usa.gov/- USA.gov All-in-one portal for Federal Government information. Case Law, Statute Finders, and General Information.
www.findlaw.com-One of the most comprehensive legal web sites available free of charge. It has state and federal cases and statutes. Its main feature is a searchable data base of U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1893.
www.alllaw.com-Omnibus site with state and federal codes, lawyers, law firms, and forms.
Foreign and International Law
www.llrx.com/index.htm-Law Library Resource Xchange. Links and search engine for foreign and international law.
JACKSON COUNTY SITES