WELCOME TO STONE COUNTY, MS.

Kenny Hatten
Kenny Hatten

Circuit Clerk

Kenny Hatten
Email: khatten@stonecountyms.gov

Physical Address:
323 E. Cavers Avenue
Wiggins, MS 39577

Phone: 601-928-5246
Fax: 601-928-5248

Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Deputy Clerks:
Treba Davis
Wanda Fairley

Circuit Clerk Services:

The role of the Stone County Circuit Clerk is to provide services to the circuit courts and to the general public. These services include voter registration, election information, jury duty and marriage licenses. Some of the responsibilities of the Circuit Clerk include:

Clerk of the Circuit and County Courts

  • Keeps a general court docket in which all names and parties in each case, plea, indictment, records from inferior courts on appeal, and other papers are entered.
  • Keeps orders of the court which are referenced in the minute book.
  • Keeps the execution docket
  • Enters a full and complete record of the proceedings of the suit
  • Collect court fines, court-ordered restitutions and other assessments
  • Keep grand jury dockets
  • Keep and maintain the courts judgment roll

Election Process/ Voter Registration - Administrative Duties

  • Serve as a registrar for voters in the county
  • Collect a filing fee from candidates pursuing a county office or legislative seat within the county
  • Work with the Election commission to provide election information (Results, candidates, etc.)
  • More information on Voting

Jury Duty

  • Notify citizens who have been selected to serve on jury duty
  • Prepare a jury list for the attorneys
  • Familiarize jurors with the courthouse
  • Receive and file all documents during trials
  • Issue subpoenas
  • Jury instructions given by the judge
  • Receive verdicts of jurors and read them in open court
  • Issue jurors a county warrant (check) and certificate of service (if needed)
  • More Information on Jury Duty

Marriage Licenses

  • File a Statistical Record of Marriage with the office of vital records with the state board of health
  • Issue the marriage license
  • Collect, from applicant, a filing fee of $21 per marriage record prepared 
  • More information on Marriage Licenses

Jury Duty

Received letter for jury duty?

The Jury Duty letter will have a summons date. You MUST CALL the night before you are summoned to court and each night thereafter.   Please call 601-928-5246 after 6 p.m. You will be told if and when you are expected to report.

Excuses from Jury Service:
All citizens are obligated to take part in seeing that justice is done.  Therefore, only legal excuses provided by law should be presented.  In general these include:

  • Illness, or presence required at home
  • Personal hardship
  • Emergency
  • Served on jury duty (on actual trial of a case) in this court in last two (2) years 
  • Over the age of 65 years and you desire to claim this personal exemption

Compensation:  

  • A juror is paid a nominal fee by a pay warrant for their services. 
  • The Circuit Clerk keeps a daily record of the jurors who serve.

Juror Qualifications

Prospective jurors must meet the following requirements:

  • 21+ years of age
  • Can read and write
  • NOT a convicted felon, habitual drunkard, or common gambler
  • Has not been convicted of the illegal sale of (or does not have interest in) alcoholic beverages in the last five years
  • Does not have a case pending in this court


Selection of Prospective Jurors:
Prospective jurors' names are drawn at random-- by lot or chance -- from a jury wheel.  Therefore, an individual may never be called to serve and others may be called several times. If you are selected to report for jury duty you will receive a letter from the Circuit Clerk.


Marriage Licenses  

Applicants must obtain a marriage license at least three days prior to the ceremony. The following items are required in order to get a marriage license:

  • Blood test which is good for 30 days  (from the Health Department or hospital)
  • Both bride and groom must appear together to apply
  • Present valid ID of both (each must be at least 21 years)
    • birth certificate
    • drivers license
  • If under 21, a parent(s) must sign or a court order may be required
  • $21 for filing fee paid to the Circuit Clerk 
  • Confirm any recent divorce is finalized (by a signed order) -- the Clerk does not need proof
  • If the female applicant is under the age of TWENTY-ONE (21) years of age, the applicant for marriage shall be made in the Circuit Clerk of the county of residence of the parent or legal guardian of the female.
  • Marriage licenses cannot be issued unless the male applicant is at least seventeen (17) years of age, and the female applicant is at least fifteen (15) years of age.
  • The license is only valid in the State of Mississippi.
  • There is a seventy-two (72) hour or three (3) day waiting period from the time and date of the application until the license can be issued by the Clerk.



Voting

County Election Commissioners

  • District 1: Carol A. Batson
  • District 2: Clifton D. Anderson
  • District 3: Georgia Fae Bond
  • District 4: Martha B. Smith
  • District 5: Debra Swilley Hatten

To Qualify as a Voter You:

  • Must be 18 years of age -- a 17 year old, who will be 18 by the General Election in November, is allowed to vote in the primaries
  • Must be registered to vote at least 30 days prior to the election
  • Anyone with a conviction of any of the following crimes is NOT ALLOWED TO VOTE:
  • Arson
  • Armed Robbery
  • Bigamy
  • Bribery
  • Embezzlement
  • Extortion
  • Felony Bad Check
  • Felony Shoplifting
  • Forgery
  • Larceny Murder
  • Obtaining Money or Goods under False Pretense
  • Perjury
  • Rape
  • Receiving Stolen Property
  • Robbery
  • Theft
  • Timber Larceny
  • Unlawful taking of Motor Vehicle
  • Statutory Rape
  • Carjacking

How to Register:  

You can obtain the Registration Form in a variety of ways:

  • Download a PDF version of the Voter Registration Application from the Secretary of State Website from the following link: http://www.sos.state.ms.us/elections/VoterRegistration/UpdatedVoterReg.pdf
  • Any City Hall
  • Stone County Courthouse - Circuit Clerk's office
  • By mail - You can request a Voter Registration Application be mailed to you from the Circuit Clerk's office. 

Where to Vote:

In Person
Residents must vote in person at their designated Voting Precinct:

Bond Precinct
Bond Baptist Church
35 Sellers St .
Wiggins, MS 39577
Old Hospital Precinct
County Office Building
214 N. Critz St .
Wiggins, MS 39577
Courthouse
Justice Court Building
231 Third St.
Wiggins, MS 39577
American Legion
Old Guard Building
141 Central Ave.
Wiggins, MS 39577
Project Road
Project Road Voting Building
922 Project Rd
Wiggins, MS 39577
Perkinson
Perkinston Fire Station
2441 Perk-Silver Run Rd.
Perkinston , MS 39573
Magnolia
Magnolia Fire Station
350 Magnolia Rd
Perkinston , MS 39573
McHenry Library
McHenry Public Library
25 McHenry School Dr .
McHenry , MS 39561
Elarbee
Silver Run Fire Station
1071 Ridge Rd
Perkinston , MS 39577
Tuxechanie
Sunflower Community Center
551 Sunflower Rd
Perkinston , MS 39573
Ten Mile
National Guard Readiness Center
280 Old Highway 49
Wiggins, MS 39577
McHenry Fire Station
McHenry Fire Station
94 McHenry Ave.
McHenry , MS 39561
Flint Creek
Flint Creek Voting Building
2829 Highway 26 East
Wiggins, MS 39577
Big Level
Big Level Fire Station
1414 King Bee Rd.
Perkinston , MS 39573
Pleasant Hill
Ramsey Springs Fire Station
1735 Highway 15
Perkinston , MS 39573

 

Absentee
If you are unable to vote at the precinct on the day of the election you may be able to vote absentee ballot.  Contact the Circuit Clerk's office for more information and deadlines to vote absentee

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