Sullivan Dukes Justice Court Judge Dist 1
District 1

JUSTICE COURT Cases Include:
  • Civil actions under $2,500
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felony preliminaries
  • Marriage ceremonies
  • Highway patrol citations
  • Fish and Wildlife citations
  • Appeals from Justice (and Municipal) Court

Responsibilities of the Justice Court

Jasper County Justice Court has jurisdiction over all actions for the recovery of debts or damages as well as personal property, up to $2,500. Clients file affidavits in Justice Court to recover property to settle debts, or to seek relief from disputes over family matters or issues involving neighbors and others.

Additionally, Justice Court handles fines resulting from citations by the Mississippi Highway Patrol and Fish and Wildlife Department officers. It holds court for citizens who protest such citations. It also holds court to settle criminal violations occurring outside the municipalities but within the county and performs marriage ceremonies. It issues process papers, subpoenas and warrants requiring an appearance in court on a specified date.

Justice Court works cooperatively with the Public Service Commissioner and received monies resulting from periodic vehicle inspection roadblocks.  

The officers of the court consist of Justice Court Clerk, or Court Administrator, 12 deputy clerks, a bailiff and four judges. Process papers, subpoenas, and warrants are served by Constables who are elected officials. 

A 1984 statute by the Mississippi Legislature requiring a competent number of justice court judges in each county eliminated the Justice of the Peace System and established the present Justice Court System.




















Marvin Jones, Justice Court Judge District 2
District 2


Sullivan Dukes
P O Box 39  
Paulding MS 39348
(601)727-2247 (p)
(601)727-3469 (f)

Marvin Jones
P O Box 1054
Bay Springs, MS 39422
(601)764-2065 (p)
(601)764-3402 (f)

Justice Court Clerks

The board of supervisors shall appoint a clerk of the justice court system as well as deputy justice court clerks. The justice court clerks and deputy justice court clerks are empowered to file and record actions and pleadings, issue warrants, and acknowledge affidavits for the justice court. They also have the authority to collect filing fees and fines on behalf of the justice court.

Justice Court Clerk
District 1
Ruthie Brown
P.O. Box 39
Paulding, MS 39348

Justice Court Clerk
District 2
Lydia Pittman
P O Box 1054
Bay Springs, MS 39422
(601)764-2065 (p)
(601)764-3402 (f)

General Information about Justice Court

Perhaps the best known and most used, the Justice Court exists in all counties, with 72 counties having one court each, and the 10 counties with two county seats (judicial districts) therein having two courts each, for a total of 92 Justice Courts statewide.

These 92 courts are served by 191 judges, with the number in each county being determined by county seat and/or population. Justice Courts handle civil actions under $2,500, and criminal law misdemeanors.

Additionally, these courts determine in felony criminal charges whether or not to bind a person over to await the action of the county grand jury. Justice Court Judges set bail, issue search warrants, and all trials (except preliminary hearings) may be juried.

Justice Courts are served by clerks (appointed by the board of supervisors) who are required to receive ongoing continuing education and training each year.

Justice Court Judges are elected for four-year terms and are paid regular salaries. A high school diploma is mandated, and Judges must complete continuing educational requirements prior to taking office and in each year of service thereafter.

Appeal from the Justice Courts are to Circuit Courts and results in a complete new trial. There is no court reporter employed in the Justice Courts, but litigants may provide their own reporters if a record of any proceeding is desired.

By definition, the Justice Court is one of limited jurisdiction, but it is both busy and important as it provides most citizens their first contact with the justice system in general.

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