scott county ms courthouse2nd Chancery Court District

PO Box 434
Forest MS 39074
Phone: 601-469-2447
Fax: 601-469-3116

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 Scott County Chancery District Court:

  • Hon. H. David Clark II

Circuit Court District 8

Scott County Courthouse
100 E 1st St
Forest MS 39074
Phone: 601-469-3601
Fax: 601-469-5188

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 Scott County Circuit Court:

  • Hon. Christopher A. Collins
  • Hon. Mark Duncan

Justice Court  

PO Box 371
Forest MS 39074
Phone: 601-469-4555
Fax: 601-469-5193
Justice Court Clerk - Betty Odom

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 Scott 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 Scott County Justice Court:

  • Post 1 - Hon. Wilbur McCurdy
  • Post 2 - Hon. Bill Freeman

Youth Court 

100 E 1st St
Forest MS 39074
Phone: 601-469-1922
Fax: 601-469-5180

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 Scott County Youth Court:

  • Hon. J. Norman Brown

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.

Tanya Carl, Prosecutor
PO Box 57
Forest MS 39074
Phone: 601-469-0112
Fax: 601-469-0712

District Attorney - 8th District

Steven Kilgore, District Attorney
P.O. Box 603
Philadelphia, MS 39350
Phone: 601-656-1991
Fax: 601-656-2287