Courts

17th Chancery District Court 

PO Box 1144
Natchez, MS 39121
PO Box 494
Fayette, MS 39069
Phone: 601-442-7454

Cases heard in the Chancery Court include domestic/family matters, divorce, child custody, property division, adoptions, alimony, estates of descendants, land issues (titles, contracts), emancipation (declaring a minor to be 21 for work purposes), property title confirmation, property disputes (over $50,000), insurance settlements to minors, and commitments of mentally disabled.

The following Judges preside over the Jefferson County Chancery District Court:


22nd Circuit Court  

Jefferson County Courthouse
1483 Main Street
Fayette, MS 39069
Telephone: 601-786-3422
Fax: 601-786-9676

The Circuit Court has original jurisdiction over all civil and criminal matters not vested exclusively in another court. Most Circuit Court cases are heard by juries.

The following Judges preside over the Jefferson County Circuit Court:

  • Hon. Lamar Pickard

Justice Court  

1483 Main Street
PO Box 1047
Fayette, MS 39069
Phone: 601-786-8594
Fax: 601-786-6017

The Justice Court resides over a myriad of matters, from civil suits to delinquent mobile home taxes. Traffic tickets issued by the State Highway Patrol and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department are resolved in the Justice Court, as well as Public Service tickets, Gaming, Fishing and Marine Reserve tickets.

This Court hears all matters with regard to DUIs and violations of County ordinances. All felony cases are first heard in the Justice Court for initial appearance and the filing of affidavit. Judges from this office have court sessions at the jail three times each week to ensure each person's right to have an initial court appearance within three days of arrest.

The Justice Court has jurisdiction over all traffic citations issued in Jefferson County by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Natchez Trace Park Rangers and the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

The following Judges preside over the Jefferson County Justice Court:

  • District 1 - Hon. Tomike T. Harris-Irving
    District 2 - Hon. James E. Oliver

Staff


Youth Court  

Jefferson County Courthouse
1483 Main Street
PO Box 145
Fayette, MS 39069
Phone: 601-786-3021
Fax: 601-786-6009 

Cases heard in the Youth Court include matters involving delinquent children, children in need of supervision, and neglected and/or abused children.

The following Judges preside over the Jefferson County Youth Court:

  • Hon. Joseph Moffett

County Prosecuting Attorney

The County Prosecuting Attorney represents the state in all felony matters before the county's justice or county court. Also, the Prosecuting Attorney represents the state in criminal cases appealed form justice or county court to circuit court, can present matters to the grand jury, is responsible for all misdemeanor youth court proceedings and all other cases not specified to the District Attorney.

Jeffery Harness, Prosecutor
PO Box 758
Fayette MS 39069
Phone: 601-702-1947
Fax: 601-304-2238


District Attorney - 22nd District

Alexander C. Martin, District Attorney
PO Draswer 767
Hazelhurst MS 39083
Phone: 601-894-5040
Fax: 601-894-9080