Department of Human Services

The Lauderdale County Department of Human Services, Division of Economic Assistance, located at 5224 Valley Street, provides essential services to low income individuals with the ultimate goal of assisting them to become self sufficient. Services include food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) money payments, determination of eligibility for Medicaid and training and supportive services focused on employment opportunities.

Child support enforcement along with family and children’s services are also available for eligible clients.

5224 Valley Street  |  Meridian, MS 39301
601.483.3337

Court System

Chancery Court

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.

Carolyn Mooney, Chancery Clerk
500 Constitution Ave.  |   1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601.482.9701  |  chanceryclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

Judge Jerry Mason, Chancery Court Judge
500 Constitution Ave.  |  2nd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301

Judge Larry Primeaux, Chancery Court Judge
500 Constitution Ave.  |  2nd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301

Circuit Court

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.

Donna Jill Johnson, Circuit Clerk
500 Constitution Ave. |  1st Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601.482.9731  |  circuitclerk@lauderdalecounty.org

Charles W. Wright Jr., Circuit Court Judge
500 Constitution Ave.  |  2nd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601.482.9738

Robert T. "Bo" Bailey, Circuit Court Judge
500 Constitution Avenue  |  2nd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601.482.9738

Youth Court

Youth Court has exclusive jurisdiction of all cases wherein a juvenile (a child younger than age 18) is alleged to be a child in need of supervision, an abused child, a neglected child or a delinquent child (one who commits a crime).

Angela Turner, Youth Court Director |  youth@lauderdalecounty.org

5400 Semmes Road
Meridian, MS 39305
601.482-9825

 

Veldore Young Graham, Youth Court Judge

5400 Semmes Road
Meridian, MS 39305
601.482-9825

 

Lisa Howell, Youth Court Judge

5400 Semmes Road
Meridian, MS 39305
601.482-9825

Justice Court

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.

Nikita Wilkins
Court Administrator

410 Constitution Ave 6th Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601.482.9875

Richard L. “Ricky” Roberts
Justice Court Judge, District 1

Ondray Harris, Sr
Justice Court Judge, District 2

Paul Earley
Justice Court Judge, District 3

Buck Roberts
Justice Court Judge, District 4

County Court

County Court shares jurisdiction with Justice Court in all matters, civil and criminal. The County Court also shares jurisdiction with the Circuit and Chancery Courts in all matters of law and equity up to $200,000. The County Court Judges also hear non-capital felony criminal cases transferred by the Circuit Court, criminal and civil appeals from Justice and Municipal Court, as well as domestic abuse protection order cases.

Heather Miles, Court Administrator

500 Constitution Ave.  |   3rd Floor
Meridian, MS 39301
601.482.9756

 

Veldore Young Graham, County Court Judge

500 Constitution Ave.  |   3rd Floor
Meridian, MS  39301
601.482.9756

 

Lisa Howell, County Court Judge

500 Constitution Ave.  |   3rd Floor
Meridian, MS  39301
601.482.9756

 

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 1549
Meridian, MS  39302