CIRCUIT COURT YEARLY CALENDAR

PROCEDURES FOR CIVIL TRIALS

PROCEDURES FOR CRIMINAL TRIALS

 

DOCKETS:

 

 

Lamar Pickard

Lamar PickardĀ 
Circuit Judge

 

 

 

 


STAFF:

Sherry ShannonSherry Shannon
Court Administrator
Post Office Box 310
Hazlehurst, Mississippi 39083-0310
Telephone: (601) 894-3311
Telefax: (601) 894-3315
Email: sshannon@copiahcountyms.gov

 

 

theresa_lumleyTheresa Lumley
Official Court Reporter
Post Office Box 310
Hazlehurst, Mississippi 39083-0310
Telephone: (601) 894-3311
Telefax: (601) 894-3315
Email: tlumley21@att.net

 

 

Sarah M. Moulder Esq.Sarah Moulder
Law Clerk
Post Office Box 310
Hazlehurst, Mississippi 39083-0310
Telephone: (601) 894-3311
Telefax: (601) 894-3315
smoulder@copiahcountyms.gov

 

 

Chuck WilsonChuck Wilson
Drug Court Coordinator
215 S. Extension Street
Hazlehurst, MS 39083
Telephone: 601-894-6193
Telefax: 601-894-8102
Email: cwilson@copiahcountyms.gov

 

 

Greg FerrellGreg Ferrell
Drug Court Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

DUTIES:

  • Civil actions over $75,000
  • Misdemeanors
  • Bastardy, felonies
  • Civil action and criminal appeals from County Court

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.