Court System

CHANCERY CLERK

carolyn-mooneyCarolyn Mooney, Chancery Clerk
500 Constitution Ave, 1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9701
chanceryclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

The Chancery Clerk acts as clerk to the Board of Supervisors, the Chancery Court, the County Treasurer and County Auditor. Keeps land records, which include delinquent tax records, as well as our deeds and mortgages. Deposits monies in a timely manner, keeps the County payroll, and sees to the paying of County bills. Also responsible for filing Chancery Court cases and issuing legal notices in divorces, estates, adoptions, guardianships, and conservatorship.

CHANCERY COURT

Jerry MasonJudge Jerry Mason
Chancery Court Judges
500 Constitution Avenue, 2nd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9729
chancerycourt@lauderdalecounty.org

Chancery Court hears civil cases involving real property, wills, estates, divorce, child custody and support, adoption, lunacy, and drug and school commitment. Keeps record of all wills and documents filed in case presented to the court. After a time, records are retired to the vaults of the County Archives, in the Courthouse Annex.

primeux Judge Larry Primeaux
Chancery Court Judges
500 Constitution Avenue, 2nd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9729
chancerycourt@lauderdalecounty.org

Chancery Court hears civil cases involving real property, wills, estates, divorce, child custody and support, adoption, lunacy, and drug and school commitment. Keeps record of all wills and documents filed in case presented to the court. After a time, records are retired to the vaults of the County Archives, in the Courthouse Annex.

CIRCUIT CLERK

Donna JohnsonDonna Jill Johnson, Circuit Clerk
500 Constitution Avenue 1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9731
circuitclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

Taking out a marriage license, (or looking up an old one) registering to vote, participating in an election, service on a grand jury or a petit jury, dealing with garnishments, are all the business of Circuit Clerk Donna Jill Johnson. She not only functions as Clerk to the Circuit Court but oversees operations of County Court, which conducts both criminal and civil trials, while Juvenile Court handles juvenile matters, which are kept confidential.

CIRCUIT COURT

Justin CobbJudge Justin Cobb, Circuit Court Judge
500 Constitution Avenue 2nd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9738
circuitcourt@lauderdalecounty.org

 

 

 

Lester WilliamsonJudge Lester Williamson, Circuit Court Judge
500 Constitution Avenue 2nd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9738
circuitcourt@lauderdalecounty.org

Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial District – Lauderdale, Clarke, Wayne and Kemper counties – handles all felony criminal cases and civil cases with unlimited monetary jurisdiction (product liability, auto accidents, medical negligence, etc.), issues summons and subpoenas, process and warrants. Most cases in Circuit Court involve jury trials, which is where the duties of the Circuit Clerk come into play.

COUNTY COURT

Frank ColemanJudge Frank Coleman, County Court Judge
500 Constitution Ave, 3rd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9756
countycourt@lauderdalecounty.org

 

 

 

Veldore YoungJudge Veldore “Vel” Young, County Court Judge
500 Constitution Ave, 3rd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9756
countycourt@lauderdalecounty.org

Some of the things this Court does is to prepare and send out jury summons, record in general docket books criminal and civil cases $1000 to $75,000, keep the minutes and prepare cases appealed to a higher court as well as conduct County Court. It handles appeal cases from Municipal and Justice Court and issues process from County Court. Writs of garnishment, relevant and executions, and warrants are also functions of this court. It also prepares and keeps cash disbursement journals and prepares allowances for State Treasury and it takes in and disburses garnishment funds.

Judge Coleman and Judge Young also preside over Juvenile Court.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY

Bilbo MitchellBilbo Mitchell, District Attorney
500 Constitution Avenue 3rd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9757
da@lauderdalecounty.org

The Courthouse’s third floor is home to the office of 10th Circuit Court District Attorney Bilbo Mitchell, who prosecutes criminal cases in Lauderdale, Clarke, Wayne and Kemper counties, but that is not all. His office also maintains a victim’s assistance program to apprize felony victims on case status and help the victim in any and every way possible. In addition the Worthless Check Unit collects on bad checks turned over by both merchants and private individuals in the 10th District, and sees that those who do not pay up are prosecuted. Supported by fees collected from writers of bogus checks, the unit has returned to victims a hefty sum since it began work in November 1988.

JUSTICE COURT

Richard RobertsJudge Richard L. “Ricky” Roberts, District 1
410 Constitution Ave 6th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9875
justicecourt@lauderdalecounty.org

 

 

 

Robbie RobinsonJudge Robbie Robinson, District 2
410 Constitution Ave 6th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9875
justicecourt@lauderdalecounty.org

 

 

 

Darrell TheallJudge Darrell Theall, District 3
410 Constitution Ave 6th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9875
justicecourt@lauderdalecounty.org

 

 

 

Gerald ThompsonJudge Gerald Thompson, District 4
410 Constitution Ave 6th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9875
justicecourt@lauderdalecounty.org

 

 

 

Darlene MayoDarlene Jones, Court Administrator
410 Constitution Ave 6th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9875
justicecourt@lauderdalecounty.org

 

 

 

Charles E. Smith, County Attorney
410 Constitution Ave 6th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601-482-9875
justicecourt@lauderdalecounty.org

Justice Court, which convenes on the sixth floor of the Courthouse Annex, deals with civil suits up to $2,500, landlord/tenant hearings, misdemeanor cases involving Mississippi Highway Patrol, Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department, and Constable arrests, traffic citations and DUI’s. The Court conducts preliminary hearings, initial appearances and bond hearings, and issues arrest warrants.