stone county ms courts8th Chancery District Court 

323 East Cavers Avenue
Wiggins MS 39577
Phone: 601-928-5266
Fax: 601-928-6464

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 Stone County Chancery District Court:

  • Hon. Sanford (Sandy) Steckler
  • Hon. Jim Persons
  • Hon. Jennifer Schloegel
  • Hon. Carter Bise

2nd District Circuit Court  

323 East Cavers Avenue
Wiggins MS 39577
Phone: 601-928-5246
Fax: 601-928-5248

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 Stone County Circuit Court:

  • Hon. Lisa P. Dodson
  • Hon. Roger T. Clark
  • Hon. Christopher L. Schmidt
  • Hon. Lawrence Bourgeois Jr.

Justice Court   

231 Third Street
Wiggins MS 39577
Phone: 601-928-4415
Fax: 601-928-2114

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 Stone 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 Stone County Justice Court:

  • East - Hon. Justin Miles
  • West - Hon. Ricky Farmer

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.

Thomas M. Matthews III
PO Box 270
Wiggins MS 39577
Phone: 601-528-6028
Fax: 601-928-6132


District Attorney - District 2

Joel Smith
323 East Cavers Avenue
Wiggins MS 39577
Phone: 601-928-9943