Lamar County

Front view of a Building and Trees

Circuit Court Terms

1st Monday of January, Three Weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo 

2nd Monday of February, Two Weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

4th Monday of March, Three Weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell

4th Tuesday of April, Three Weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo
Grand Jury to Be Impaneled

4th Monday of May, Two Weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

3rd Monday of June, Three Weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell

1st Monday of August, Three Weeks

Judge Tony Mozingo

3rd Monday of September, Three Weeks

Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald

2nd Monday of November, Two Weeks

Judge Prentiss Harrell
Grand Jury to Be Impaneled

(These court terms are set by the judges and are subject to change each year.)

Grand Jury Orientation 

Thank you, the citizens of Lamar County, for taking time from work and family to serve on the Grand Jury.

Law Enforcement

Lamar County Sheriff’s Office

Danny Rigel, Sheriff 
P.O. Box 352 
Purvis, MS 39475 

Phone: (601) 794-1005

Hattiesburg Police Department

Anthony Parker, Chief
#1 Government Plaza
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Phone: (601) 544-7900

Lumberton Police Department

Larry Allen, Interim Chief 
P.O. Box 211 
Lumberton, MS 39455  

Phone: (601) 796-8891

Purvis Police Department

Joey Walker, Chief 
P.O. Box 308 
Purvis, MS 39475

Phone: (601) 794-6512

Sumrall Police Department

Ellzey Cowart, Chief 
P.O. Box 247 
Sumrall, MS 39482  

Phone: (601) 758-3531 

Contact Info

15th District Attorney’s Office 
P.O. Box 1208 
Purvis, MS 39475 
Phone: (601) 794-3510 
Fax: (601) 794-1077

Staff Assigned

Assistant District Attorney 

Kim Harlin
Assigned to County Cases

Assistant District Attorney

Lauren Harless 
Assigned to City Cases

Assistant District Attorney

Carpenter Marsalis 
Assigned to Violence Against Women Cases


Larry Moore

Victim Services

Jeff Caillouet
Learn more about victim services.

Bad Checks & Pre-Trial Administrator

Tabitha Nelson 
Learn more about bad checks.  

Litigation Support

Jessica Toland

Services We Provide:

  • 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.
  • We give legal advice to law enforcement agencies.
  • We conduct educational programs on criminal topics for schools, religious, and civic groups.
  • We handle bad check cases.
  • We provide assistance to victims of crime.
  • We assist other law enforcement agencies in investigating complex crimes or crimes of an extremely serious nature.

Services We Do Not Provide:

  • We cannot give you legal advice on civil (non-criminal) and divorce cases. This is prohibited by law.
  • We cannot recommend an attorney or bail bondsman to you.
  • 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.
  • We do not write letters asking for people to be released from prison or have their sentences changed.
  • 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 advice.