Q When a petitioner comes in to file for a protective order, and the incident occurred outside the State of Mississippi, does that give the Justice Court jurisdiction to issue this order in our county or state?

A No. In order for the Justice Court to have jurisdiction, the incident which is the basis for the protective order must have occurred within the county, or the respondent must reside or be found within the county. If the incident occurred out of state and an out of state court granted a protective order, that order may be registered in Mississippi. (Attorney Generalís Opinion to Berryman dated April 12, 2010)