The George County Courthouse was built in 1911. The Chancery and Law Enforcement building addition was completed in 1975, which housed prisoners up until the completion of the George County Regional Correctional Facility in 2002. The latest Courthouse additions and restorations began in 2010.
George County is part of Mississippi's 19th Circuit Court District. Also included in the district are Greene and Jackson counties. Circuit Court has original jurisdiction over all civil and criminal matters not vested exclusively in another court. The Circuit Court tries felony criminal cases and civil cases. If you have any questions, please contact Chad Welford, Circuit Court Clerk, at (601) 947-4881.
Circuit Court Judges:
Honorable Kathy Jackson
Honorable Robert Krebs
Honorable Dale Harkey
The District Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of criminal cases in the 19th district. Each county has an Assistant District Attorney assigned. The Assistant District Attorney for George County is Michael Dykes. He can be reached at (601) 947-8801
George County is part of Mississippi's 16th Chancery Court District. Also included in the district are Greene and Jackson counties. Chancery Court has jurisdiction over equity, divorce, probate, guardianship, and sanity. In George County the Chancery Court has jurisdiction over juvenile matters. If you have any questions, please contact Cammie Byrd, Chancery Court Clerk, at (601) 947-4801
Chancery Court Judges:
Honorable Michael Fondren
Honorable Jaye Bradley
Honorable D. Neil Harris
The sheriff shall be the executive officer of the circuit and chancery court of his county, and he shall attend all the sessions thereof with a sufficient number of deputies or bailiffs. He shall execute all orders and decrees of said courts directed to him to be executed. He shall take into his custody, and safely keep, in the jail of his county, all persons committed by order of either of said courts, or by any process issuing therefrom, or lawfully required to be held for appearance before either of them. The Sheriff is responsible for the security of the courts.
The Youth Courts deal with matters involving abuse and neglect of juveniles, as well as offenses committed by juveniles. Young people who have not reached the age of 18 may be subject to the Youth Court, although there are some exceptions. Some offenses which would be treated as crimes if committed by adults are known as delinquent acts when they involve juveniles.
Youth Court Judge
Honorable Darryl Hurt, Jr.
George County Justice Court has jurisdiction over small claim civil cases involving amounts of $3,500 or less, misdemeanor criminal cases and any traffic offense that occurs within the borders of George County. Justice Court judges may conduct bond hearings and preliminary hearings in felony criminal cases and may issue search warrants.
George County is divided into two justice court districts with a judge and constable elected from each district. If you have any questions, Sandy Tanner, Justice Court Clerk, can be reached at (601) 947-4834.
Justice Court Judges
Honorable Michael Bullock
Honorable Jesse Underwood
County Prosecuting Attorney:
General duties of constables
It shall be the duty of the constable to attend the justices' courts of his district, and to obey their lawful orders. He shall execute all judgments of said courts in any criminal case before them.
It shall be the duty of every constable to keep and preserve the peace within his county, by faithfully aiding and assisting in executing the criminal laws of the state; to give information, without delay, to some justice court judge or other proper officer, of all riots, routs and unlawful assemblies, and of every violation of the penal laws which may come to his knowledge in any manner whatsoever; to execute and return all process, civil and criminal, lawfully directed to him, according to the command thereof; and to pay over all monies, when collected by him to the person lawfully authorized to receive the same.
In addition, the constable is authorized to serve process issued by any county, chancery or circuit court, and shall receive the same fee as he would receive for service of process in justice court. No constable shall receive any fee provided by law for making an arrest, or attending any trial, wherein the defendant has been arrested, or is being tried for any violation of the motor vehicle laws committed on any designated United States highway located within the district or county of the constable.