County Courts

County Prosecuting Attorney | District Attorney
Chancery Court | Circuit Court | Justice Court | Youth Court | Drug Court

County Prosecuting Attorney
Carmen Wright
P.O. Box 436
Carthage, MS 39051
601-267-8061
(Fax) 601-267-7302
   District Attorney
Mark Duncan
P.O. Box 603
Philadelphia, MS 39350
601-656-1991
(Fax) 601-656-2287

Chancery Court

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.

Chancery Court Judge - District 11
James C Walker
P.O Box 404
Canton, MS 39046
601-855-5707
   Chancery Court Judge - District 11
Cynthia Brewer
P.O. Box 404
Canton, MS 39046
601-859-5783

Circuit Court

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.

Circuit Court Judge - District 8
Christopher A Collins
401 East Beacon St. Suite 235
Philadelphia, MS  39350
601-656-7646
   Circuit Court Judge - District 8
Vernon R. Cotten
205 Main St.
Carthage, MS 39051
601-267-5615

Justice Court

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 Sample 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.

Justice Court Clerk
Sonya Nealy
P.O. Box 69
Carthage, MS 39051
601-267-5677
(Fax) 601-267-6134

  Justice Court Judge - Eastern
Ken Adcock
P.O. Box 69
Carthage, MS 39051
601-267-5667
(Fax) 601-267-6134
   Justice Court Judge - Western
Ruby Graham
P.O. Box 69
Carthage, MS 39051
601-267-5667
(Fax) 601-267-6134
Constable - Eastern
Steven McMillon
P.O. Box 69
Carthage, MS 39051
601-267-5677
(Fax) 601-267-6134
   Constable - Western
Randy Atkinson
P.O. Box 69
Carthage, MS 39051
601-267-5667
(Fax) 601-267-6134

Youth Court

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

Drug Court

The Eighth Judicial District Circuit Court Drug Court was established on December 16, 2003 by Circuit Judge Vernon R. Cotten.  It is the first certified Drug Court in Mississippi and is considered a Hybrid Specialized or Diversion Court that is responsible for certain crimes committed in Leake, Scott, Newton and Neshoba counties.  The Drug Court is partially funded by those committing crimes, which substantially reduces the burden for the taxpayer.  

Involving predominately drug crimes or crimes that are considered ‘drug driven’ (to include DUI and Probation Violation), the Drug Court is a tool that is used at the behest of Law Enforcement, District Attorney’s Office, Judge and others within the judicial system to allow a participant to make radical, positive changes in their life; this reduces the costs of incarceration, resulting in additional savings to the taxpayers.  Those individuals failing the Drug Court requirements are sentenced to the maximum amount of time for their particular crime and ordered into the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.  While the Drug Court generally receives cases from the Circuit Court at the Felony Level, local cities and counties have the option to utilize the Drug Court in many misdemeanor cases.

The Drug Court houses its own state of the art drug testing laboratory and uses an Olympus AU 400 Spectrum Analyzer to screen collected samples.  With this technology, the Court has the ability to test for any drug or mood altering chemical/substance - even newer synthetic drugs such as Spice, K2 or Bath Salts.  The Drug Court Lab also provides drug testing for other local entities, law enforcement agencies and other courts within the surrounding area.   

Once approved, the typical participant is placed on probation with the Drug Court for five years and must meet stringent requirements that represent a meaningful, productive and sober lifestyle.  Some requirements include (but are not limited to): remaining clean and sober from all mood altering chemicals, obtaining and maintaining a legitimate job, obtaining a diploma, GED and or driver’s license if the participant does not already have one, payment of all fines, fees and restitution.  Additionally, the participant must satisfactorily support his or her family.  To ensure all requirements are achieved, unannounced drug screens are conducted at least weekly (more often as required) and weekly scheduled court appearances in front of the Drug Court Judge are mandated, along with typical probation monitoring.  Graduation and Advancements Ceremonies are held bi-annually for those who successfully complete the program; those meeting certain criteria may also have their charge expunged by the Drug Court Judge.

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Hon. Vernon R. Cotten
Drug Court Judge
 
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Hon. Christopher A. Collins
Drug Court Judge
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Marcus D. Ellis
Coordinator
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Evangeline Harvey
Case Manager
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Marsha Bavetta
Agent
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Jeremy L. Belk
Agent, Lab Manager
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Mitch Fondren
Agent
 

Eighth Judicial District Drug Court
155 Main Street
PO Box 279
Walnut Grove, MS 39189

601-253-2833 office – 601-253-2124 fax
drugcourt@co.leake.ms.us