Courts

Circuit Court Menu:


P.O. Box 998

Pascagoula, MS 39581

Jackson County Courts Building

3104 Magnolia Street

Pascagoula, MS 39567-4127

(228) 769-3262

Circuit Court Administrator
Admin to Judge Dale Harkey

Pat Smith

Pat_Smith@co.jackson.ms.us

(228) 769-3434

Deputy Court Administrator
Admin to Judge Kathy King Jackson

Pam Gephart

Pam_Gephart@co.jackson.ms.us

(228) 769-3244

Deputy Court Administrator
Admin to Judge Robert Krebs

Bobbye Schillereff

Bobbye_Schillereff@co.jackson.ms.us

(228) 769-3438

Circuit Court


Judge Michael L. Fondren

Judge Dale Harkey


Judge Jaye Bradley

Judge Kathy Jackson

Judge Neil Harris

Judge Robert Krebs

Cases Heard in the Circuit Court

  • Civil Actions over $75,000
  • Misdemeanors
  • Bastardy, Felonies
  • Civil action and criminal appeals from County Court
  • Equity appeals from County Court

Chancery Court Hearing Schedule

Location: Courtrooms A, B and C

Time: During 4 Court Terms/Year (Terms being in January, April, July October and run 8 weeks each)

About the Chancery Court & Judges

Requirements for Chancery Court Judges

  • Elected Officials serve 4 year terms
  • Practicing lawyer for five years
  • 26 years of age or older
  • Citizen of the State for at least 5 years
  • Citizen of the district he/she serves

Circuit Court Background

Mississippi has 22 Circuit Court Districts with 49 judges presiding therein. Districts, created by the legislature and/or the federal courts, vary considerably as to size, population and configuration. The Circuit Court tries felony criminal cases (as well as misdemeanors on appeal) and civil actions involving issues of $2,500 and above. Appeals from the Circuit Courts are to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Juries are widely used in the Circuit Court, with a unanimous vote of 12 required for a criminal conviction, but only 9 of 12 required for a decision in a civil proceeding. The Circuit Court with all its attendant costs is generally the most expensive court in a county, but its work is too important to be compromised or sacrificed, and its work must be supported at an efficient and operable level. While it is valuable to continually study the courts and seek improvement therein, it is noted that the alternative to no courts is not acceptable in a civilized society.