Q Does House Bill 812 apply to currently pending seizure and/or civil forfeiture cases?

A No, Section 2 of HB 812 states, “the seizing agency shall within thirty (30) days of a seizure request either the district attorney of the county in which property is seized or the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics to prosecute any cases involving seized property.” The thirty (30) days period would not apply to pending cases but applies to seizures occurring from and after July 1, 2017. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Sweat, April 14, 2017)