Chancery Court Menu:

Sarah Westbrook, Court Administrator

P.O. Box 998

Pascagoula, MS 39568-0998

Jackson County Courts Building

3104 Magnolia Street

Pascagoula, MS 39567-4127

(228) 769-1179

(228) 769-3367

Chancery Court

Judge Michael L. Fondren

Judge Michael L. Fondren

Courtroom A

(228) 769-3035

(228) 769-3424

Judge Jaye Bradley

Judge Jaye Bradley

Courtroom B

(228) 769-3036

(228) 769-3189

Judge Neil Harris

Judge Neil Harris

Courtroom C

(228) 769-3034

(228) 769-3488

Cases Heard in the Chancery Court

  • Domestic/Family matters: Divorce, Child Custody, Property Divisions, Adoptions, Alimony
  • Estates of Descendants
  • Land Issues(Titles, Contracts)
  • Commitments of mentally disabled
  • Equity appeals from County Court

Chancery Court Hearing Schedule

Hearings Location: Courtroom D

DHS: Every Wednesday

Uncontested Divorces before Master: Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 8:30 AM (DURING TERM)

About the Chancery Court & Judges

Requirements for Chancery Court Judges

  • Elected Officials who serve 4 year terms
  • Practicing lawyer for five years
  • 26 years of age or older
  • Citizen of the State for at least 5 years

Chancery Court Background

The Chancery Court has always been the separate court of equity (as distinguished from the law court circuit) in Mississippi, and the Chancellor generally hears cases without a jury. Juries are permitted only in paternity cases and will contests. An advisory jury is permitted in any case, but as the jury's decision is advisory only and not binding on the Chancellor, this use of a jury seems of little or no use. Advisory juries are rarely utilized but all litigants have the right to request the same.

The Chancery Court handles equity cases involving domestic and family matters such as divorce, child custody and support, property division, adoptions, and all related issues. Additionally, the Chancery Court handles and processes the estates of decedents (with or without a Last Will and Testament) and all issues involving minors. This court handles a wide variety of other matters, including issues concerning title to land, contracts, injunctive matters, and commitments of persons impaired through mental disability and/or chemical-substance-alcohol abuse.

In the 63 counties having no Family or County Court, the Chancery Court either hears all youth court proceedings or appoints a Youth Court Referee (Judge) to do so. The Chancery Court is a court of record and its appeals are to the Mississippi Supreme Court.