Just a month after it began, Hinds County's night court has hit a snag.
Night proceedings will be halted if state and county officials do not reach an agreement within the next few months regarding overtime for the sheriff's deputies who guard the court.
Officials have already halted filing new cases until an agreement is reached.
The sheriff's department has tapped five deputies to work overtime hours four nights a week.
But because the department does not have an overtime budget, those deputies are given comp time instead.
One chancery court judge said Monday she and the special masters hear anywhere from 60 to 70 cases a night.
She hopes the program will last at least through the end of the year.