Pearl River

Pearl River Court

Circuit Court Terms

2nd Monday of January, three (3) weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

2nd Monday of February, three (3) weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell

3rd Monday of March, two (2) weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo

1st Monday of April, two (2) weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald
Grand Jury to be impaneled

4th Tuesday of April, two (2) weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell

1st Monday of June, two (2) weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo

4th Monday of June, two (2) weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

3rd Monday of July, three (3) weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell

4th Monday of August, three (3) weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

1st Monday of October, two (2) weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell
Grand Jury to be impaneled

2nd Monday of November, two (2) weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo

(These Court Terms are set by the Judges and are subject to change each year.)

Grand Jury Orientation

Thank you, the citizens of Pearl River County for taking time from work and family to serve on the Grand Jury. Click Here to learn about serving on a Grand Jury.

Law Enforcement

Pearl River County Sheriff’s Office

David Allison, Sheriff
200 South Main
Poplarville, MS 39470
(P) 601-795-2241
(P) 601-798-5528

Poplarville Police Department

Greg Hartley, Chief
200 Hwy 26 East
Poplarville, MS 39470
(P) 601-792-5198

Picayune Police Department

Bryan Dawsey, Chief
328 South Main Street
Picayune, MS 39466
(P) 601-798-7411


Contact Info

Office of the 15th District Attorney
P.  O. Box 584
Poplarville, MS 39470

(P) 601-403-2350
(F) 601-403-2353










Staff Assigned

Assistant District Attorney

Beau Stewart (View Bio)

Assistant District Attorney

Christina H. Holcomb (View Bio)

Assistant District Attorney

John Dowdy (View Bio)

Assistant District Attorney

Carpenter Marsalis (View Bio)
Assigned to Violence Against Women Cases


Kelvin Stanford

Victim Services

Anita Sumrall
Click Here for Victim Services

Bad Checks & Pretrial Administrator

Tabitha Nelson
Click Here for Bad Checks

Litigation Support

Michelle Pittman

Litigation Support

Valerie Walker

Services We Provide

  1. We prosecute criminals who commit felony crimes. These are crimes of a serious nature such as murder, robbery, rape, child molestation, drugs, burglary and other crimes for which people can be sent to the state prison system.
  2. We give legal advice to law enforcement agencies.
  3. We conduct educational programs for schools, religious, and civic groups on criminal topics.
  4. We handle bad check cases. Click Here
  5. We provide assistance to victims of crime. Click Here
  6. We assist other law enforcement agencies in the investigation of complex crimes or crimes of an extremely serious nature.

Services We Do Not Provide

  1. We can not give you legal advice on civil (Non Criminal) and divorce cases. This is prohibited by law.
  2. We can not recommend an attorney or bail bondsman to you.
  3. We do not normally prosecute misdemeanor cases (Less serious criminal cases) handled in municipal or justice court. The city or county prosecuting attorney prosecutes these cases.
  4. We do not write letters asking for people to be released from prison or have their sentences changed.
  5. We do not give oral or written opinions to private citizens on whether or not it is legal to do a particular thing. You must consult a private attorney for that advise.

Meet Your District Attorney Hal Kittrell

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