Courts

wilkinson county ms17th Chancery District Court 

PO Box 516
Woodville MS 39669-0516
Phone: 601.888.4381
Fax: 601.888.6776

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 Wilkinson County 17th Chancery District Court:

  • Hon. E. Vincent Davis
     
  • Hon. George Ward

Circuit Court - 6th District  

PO Box 327
Woodville MS 39669
Phone: 601.888.6697
Fax: 601.888.6984

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 Wilkinson County Circuit Court:

  • Hon. Lillie Blackmon-Sanders
     
  • Hon. Forrest A. Johnson

Justice Court 

PO Box 40
Woodville MS 39669-0040
Phone: 601.888.3538
Fax: 601.888.7591

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 Wilkinson 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 following Judges preside over the Wilkinson County Justice Court:

  • East - Hon. Ernest Smith
     
  • West - Hon. Lee Dixon

Erica Johnson - Justice Court Clerk
D'Vasha Nelson - Deputy


Youth Court  

PO Box 516
Woodville MS 39669-0516
Phone: 601.888.4381
Fax: 601.888.6776

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 Wilkinson County Youth Court:

  • Hon. Hillery Eugene Horne, Jr.

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.

Holmes Sturgeon
Prosecutor
PO Box 1175
Woodville MS 39669
Phone: 601.888.6152
Fax: 601.888.6134​​


District Attorney - 6th District

The District Attorney is elected for a four-year term and is part of the Mississippi state court system. Representing the state, the office prosecutes the felony, misdemeanor and juvenile cases that occur in Wilkinson County. 

Ronnie Harper
District Attorney
307 Market Street
Natchez MS 39120
Phone: 601.445.4099
Fax: 601.445.7947