The court’s procedures for reporting a settlement and requesting a continuance are described in detail below. Please note that the deadline to report a settlement or request a continuance is before noon on the business day prior to the scheduled hearing. Otherwise, the matter will be called for hearing in open court.
Parties may notify the court that a matter set for hearing has been settled by using the settlement call-in message system (hereafter referred to as the “settlement line”) for the appropriate judge. To report a settlement before the deadline referenced above, please dial the judge’s settlement line number listed below:
- Judge Maddox’s Settlement Line: (662) 369-9380;
- Judge Woodard’s Settlement Line: (662) 369-2619;
Your message should be less than five minutes and include the following information:
- Date of Hearing;
- Case Name;
- Case Number;
- Judge’s calendar page if available;
- Party responsible for submitting the order; and
- Caller’s name and phone number.
Calls regarding settlements will not be returned unless additional information is needed. Do not use the above settlement line numbers to request a continuance. Instead, see the information below.
Parties may request that a matter set for hearing be continued to a later date by calling the chambers line for the appropriate judge. Please note that if all parties do not agree to continue the matter, a motion must be filed by the requesting party. To request a continuance before the deadline referenced above, dial the judge’s chambers line listed below:
- Judge Maddox’s Chambers: (662) 369-8147;
- Judge Woodard’s Chambers: (662) 369-2624;
NOTE: To ensure information regarding settlements and continuances is reported accordingly, parties should never leave messages on the individual voice mailboxes of court personnel.