In Legal Terms


In Legal Terms: Chancery Court

Guest: Judge Troy Odom

Charged with the responsibility of the filing of matters related to: Divorces, Adoptions, Child Support, Wills and Estate matters, Guardianships, Conservator ships, Land matters, and related issues.

The Chancery Judges hear special court cases involving wills and estates, support and custody of minor children, divorces and alimony, and lunacy or commitment hearings. The Judges are known as equity Judges whose area of duty involves more than narrow and rigid interpretations of laws and focuses on protection of individual rights. The Judges also handle other matters, such as petitions to incorporate or enlarge a city, the establishment and management of drainage districts, children's welfare funds, and other projects.

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There are 20 Chancery Courts around the state.

Selection of Judges: nonpartisan election

Retention of Judges: reelection

Qualifications: practicing attorney 5 yrs; minimum age of 26; state citizen 5 yrs; district resident

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