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Circuit Court Topics:

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 998
Pascagoula, MS 39568

Physical Location:
Jackson County Courts Building
3104 Magnolia Street
Entrance on Convent Street
Pascagoula, MS


Circuit court


Circuit Court
Judge Dale Harkey

Circuit Court Administrator
Pat Smith
Phone Number: 228.769.3434

Circuit Court 
Judge Kathy Jackson

Deputy Court Administrator
Pam Gephart

Phone Number: 228.769.3244

Judge Robert Krebs

Deputy Court Administrator
Bobbye Schillereff

Phone Number:

Cases Heard in the Circuit Court

  • Civil actions over $75,000
  • Misdemeanors
  • Bastardy, felonies
  • Civil action and criminal appeals from County Court

Circuit Court Hearing schedule

Jackson Count Courts Building (see address in left column)
Courtrooms A, B, and C
During 4 Court Terms/Year (Terms begin -- January, April, July and October)
(8 weeks each) 

About the Circuit Court and Judges 

Requirements for Circuit Court Judges

  • Elected Officials serving 4 year terms
  • Practicing lawyer for five years 
  • 26 years of age or older
  • Citizen of state for at least five years
  • Citizen of district he/she serves (not subdistrict if divided)

Background on the Circuit Court in Mississippi
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.