Baker v. Jackson County Sheriff's Department et al
ORDER granting 3 Motion to Dismiss: All claims against the Jackson County Sheriff's Department are dismissed with prejudice. Signed by Chief District Judge Louis Guirola, Jr. on 3/23/17. (RLW)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
CAUSE NO. 1:17CV34-LG-RHW
JACKSON COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT;
JACKSON COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI; and
JOHN AND JANE DOES 1 THROUGH 10
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT JACKSON COUNTY
SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT’S MOTION TO DISMISS
BEFORE THE COURT is the  Motion to Dismiss filed by the Jackson
County Sheriff’s Department pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b).
Plaintiff Robert Baker, through counsel, filed a  Response to the Motion, stating
that he does not oppose the Motion. Having considered the Motion and the relevant
law, the Court is of the opinion that the Motion should be granted.
Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 17(b), the Department’s capacity to be
sued is determined by the law of the State of Mississippi. Under Mississippi law, a
county sheriff’s department, like the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, “does
not enjoy a separate legal existence” apart from the County and thus lacks capacity
to be sued. See Brown v. Thompson, 927 So. 2d 733, 737 (Miss. 2006); Payne v.
Dickerson, No. 3:07CV3-P-D, 2008 WL 1724003, at *6 (N.D. Miss. Apr. 10, 2008).
Therefore, Plaintiff is unable to state a claim upon which relief can be granted
against the Department. See, e.g., Tuesno v. Jackson, No. 5:08-CV-302(DCB)(JMR),
2009 WL 1269750, at *1 (S.D. Miss. May 7, 2009) (dismissing claims against county
sheriff’s department because that department was not a political subdivision or
legal entity in and of itself, but was merely a department of the County).
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the  Motion to
Dismiss filed by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is GRANTED. All
claims against the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department are DISMISSED WITH
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED this the 23rd day of March, 2017.
Louis Guirola, Jr.
LOUIS GUIROLA, JR.
CHIEF U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
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