The Justice Court Clerk's office is to effectively serve the public by processing civil actions not to exceed $3,500.00 and misdemeanor criminal charges in accordance with section 9-11-11 of the Mississippi Code. The Justice Court also handles felony cases on a preliminary basis.
Justice Court Judges:
Marsha Weems Stacey
Lloyd Spivey, III
DISTINCTION BETWEEN CIVIL AND CRIMINAL CASES
The distinction between civil and criminal cases is an important one. In a civil case, a trial or contested matter occurs between two or more persons, while in a criminal case, the trial is between the State of Mississippi and a person accused of committing a crime. This is true even when a criminal case is begun by the victim of a crime filing an affidavit charging someone with criminal activity.
The Justice Court has jurisdiction over all traffic citations issued in Madison County by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, the Madison County Sheriff's Department, the Public Service Commission, The Pearl River Authority, and the Madison County Constables. All Wildlife Citations and Affidavits within Madison County are adjudicated in the Madison County Justice Court.
ALL JUSTICE COURT CASES ARE ASSIGNED TO JUDGES AND CONSTABLES BY COMPUTER ROTATION.