Supreme Court: Judges Can Consolidate Some Annexation Cases

The Mississippi Supreme Court has ruled trial judges can consolidate annexation cases when the same land is sought by two or more cities. Justices, in the ruling, threw out an antiquated doctrine that the first city to file an annexation got first shot at the land.

The decision came in D'Iberville's appeal of a 2002 annexation ruling that allowed Biloxi to extend its boundary over the northwestern side of D'Iberville. The two cities sought to annex the same 10-square-mile area.

A chancery judge excluded about six-and one-half square miles from being annexed by either city.

Biloxi was granted about one-and one-half square miles, while D'Iberville annexed about 2 square miles.

The Supreme Court Thursday upheld the chancery court's decision.

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