Brandon, MS asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation and Small Claims for Mississippi

Q: A 30 day period is given to a defendant to submit an answer to a complaint; Should the time include weekends/holidays?

In the State of Mississippi, for civil litigation, it is outlined in MRCP Rule 6 (Time) how to compute time. It mentions if the amount of time is less than 7 days, intermediate Saturdays, Sundays, and legal holidays are excluded from the time period. It does not mention verbatim an other time period or whether weekends/holidays should be excluded or included in the computation of time.

1 Lawyer Answer
Arthur Calderon
Arthur Calderon
  • Madison, MS
  • Licensed in Mississippi

A: The time does include weekends and holidays; however, the rules also speak to whether the deadline to file an answer falls on a weekend or recognized holiday.

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