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P.O. Box 998

Pascagoula, MS 39568-0998

Jackson County Courts Building

3104 Magnolia Street

Pascagoula, MS 39567-4127

(228) 769-3262

Circuit Court Administrator

Pat Smith

Admin to Judge Dale Harkey

(228) 769-3434

Deputy Court Administrator

Pam Gephart

Admin to Judge Kathy King Jackson

(228) 769-3244

Deputy Court Administrator

Bobbye Schillereff

Admin to Judge Robert Krebs

(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

Circuit 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 Circuit Court & Judges

Requirements for Circuit 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.