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Cases that may be heard in the Circuit Court include:

  • Civil actions over $75,000
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • Civil action and criminal appeals from County Court

Mississippi has 22 Circuit Court Districts with 49 judges. Lowndes County is in the 16th e districts are created by the legislature (some by federal courts) and vary considerably as to size, population and configuration. Circuit judges are elected for four-year terms. The Circuit Court tries felony criminal cases (as well as misdemeanors on appeal) and civil actions involving issues of $2,500 and above. Appeals from the Circuit Courts are to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

Juries are widely used in the Circuit Court, with a unanimous vote of 12 required for a criminal conviction. Only 9 of 12 required for a decision in a civil proceeding. The Circuit Court is generally the most expensive court in a county. Circuit judges are paid by the state while other court cost including the court reporters are paid by the county. 

Lee J. Howard
Circuit Judge
P.O. Box 1679
Starkville, Ms 39760
662-323-6765

Carrie Kimbrough
Court Administrator
P.O. Box 1679
Starkville Ms 39760
662-323-6765

Fax 662-232-1121

James T. Kitchens, Jr.
Circuit Judge
P.O. Box 1387
Columbus, Ms 39703
662-329-5919

Lynn Connor
Court Administrator
P.O. Box 1387
Columbus, Ms 39703
662-329-5919

Fax 662-245-4632 

Lee S. Coleman
Circuit Judge
P.O. Box 1033
West Point, Ms 39773
662-494-4893                                                                           

April Edwards
Court Administrator
P.O. Box 1033
West Point, Ms 39773
662-494-4893

Fax 662-494-0195