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The Chancery Court system in the state of Mississippi is divided into twenty districts, each with one to four judges. The Thirteenth District Chancery Court consists of Covington, Jefferson Davis, Lawrence, Simpson and Smith counties. More information about the Chancery Court system as well as a listing of each district along with their included counties can be found on the State of Mississippi Judiciary website.

Chancellors

  • Judge David Shoemake, Post 1
  • Judge Gerald Martin, Post 2

Jurisdiction of the Chancery Court

As stated in Section 159 of the Mississippi Constitution, “the chancery court shall have full jurisdiction in the following matters and cases:

  • All matters in equity;
  • Divorce and alimony;
  • Matters testamentary and of administration;
  • Minor’s business;
  • Cases of idiocy, lunacy, and persons of unsound mind;
  • All cases of which the said court had jurisdiction under the laws in force when this constitution is put in operation.”

Calendar

The Court calendar is set over several months in advance and some changes may be necessary throughout the course of the year. The calendar will be accurate most of the time, however, meetings, conferences, special settings and unforeseen circumstances will occur from time to time to require a change in schedules.

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Thirteenth District Counties

Covington County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2010, the population was 19,568. Its county seat is Collins. Covington County is named for U.S. Army officer and Congressman Leonard Covington. Covington County was established on January 5, 1819, less than two years after Mississippi earned statehood into the Union. The county was one of the first counties established out of the vast non-agricultural lands in the more eastern part of the state. Covington was originally cut out of Lawrence and Wayne Counties, and encompassed what is now Jefferson Davis, Covington, and Jones Counties. In 1823, part of Covington County became Bainbridge County, most likely named after William Bainbridge, who became an American naval hero during the War of 1812. The next year, in 1824, the Mississippi legislature did away with Bainbridge County, giving its lands back to Covington County. As of the most recent census, 2010, the population of Covington County is 19,568, only a slight increase from 2000. Racially, the population was distributed with 62.7% being White, 34.7% Black/African American, 1.9% Hispanic/Latino, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% American Indian/Alaskan Native, and 0.7% claiming multiple races. By age category, Covington County residents are dispersed as follows: 29.1% are under the age of twenty; 23.8% are between the ages of twenty and forty; 32% are between the ages of forty-one and sixty-five; and 15.1% are over age sixty-five. The average age is 37.6 years. By gender, 48.6% are men and 51.4% are women. There are 8,496 housing units in the county. Of these, 47.1% are inhabited by husband/wife families; 5% by a man with no wife present; 18.1% by a woman with no husband present; and 29.7% by non-families. The average household size is 2.60, and the average family size is 3.14. Source Wikipedia.

Jefferson Davis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2010, the population was 12,487. It is named in honor of Mississippi Senator and Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Its county seat is Prentiss. The county was carved out of Covington and Lawrence counties in March 1906. Governor James K. Vardaman signed the bill creating the county on May 9, 1906. According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 409.10 square miles (1,059.6 km2), of which 408.41 square miles (1,057.8 km2) (or 99.83%) is land and 0.70 square miles (1.8 km2) (or 0.17%) is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 13,962 people, 5,177 households, and 3,768 families residing in the county. The population density was 34 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 5,891 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 41.66% White, 57.38% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 5,177 households out of which 32.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.7% were married couples living together, 21.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.2% were non-families. 25.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.20. In the county the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.7 males. The median income for a household in the county was $21,834, and the median income for a family was $27,594. Males had a median income of $23,942 versus $16,510 for females. The per capita income for the county was $11,974. About 23.2% of families and 28.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.7% of those under age 18 and 24.5% of those age 65 or over. Source Wikipedia.

Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2010, the population was 12,929. Its county seat is Monticello. Lawrence County is named for the naval hero James Lawrence. According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 435.73 square miles (1,128.5 km2), of which 430.63 square miles (1,115.3 km2) (or 98.83%) is land and 5.11 square miles (13.2 km2) (or 1.17%) is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 13,258 people, 5,040 households, and 3,749 families residing in the county. The population density was 31 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 5,688 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 66.94% White, 32.07% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.09% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 0.67% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 5,040 households out of which 35.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.90% were married couples living together, 14.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.60% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10. In the county the population was spread out with 27.30% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.30 males. The median income for a household in the county was $28,495, and the median income for a family was $37,899. Males had a median income of $28,925 versus $18,707 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,469. About 16.60% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.10% of those under age 18 and 19.50% of those age 65 or over. Source Wikipedia.

Simpson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2010, the population was 27,503. The county seat is Mendenhall. It is part of the Jackson, Mississippi, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Simpson County is named for a judge, Josiah Simpson. Spencer Myrick, a member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature, and his brother, Bill, a Country music figure in Odessa, Texas, were born in Simpson County but reared in West Carroll Parish in northeastern Louisiana. According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 590.53 square miles (1,529.5 km2), of which 588.73 square miles (1,524.8 km2) (or 99.70%) is land and 1.80 square miles (4.7 km2) (or 0.30%) is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 27,639 people, 10,076 households, and 7,385 families residing in the county. The population density was 47 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 11,307 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.39% White, 34.31% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 10,076 households out of which 34.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 14.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.14. In the county the population was spread out with 27.90% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.40 males. The median income for a household in the county was $28,343, and the median income for a family was $32,797. Males had a median income of $27,197 versus $20,136 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,344. About 17.50% of families and 21.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.70% of those under age 18 and 21.00% of those age 65 or over. Source Wikipedia.

Smith County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of 2010, the population was 16,491. Its county seat is Raleigh. Smith County is a prohibition or dry county. Smith County is named for Major David Smith. The county is well known amongst Mississippians for its Smith County Watermelons. According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 637.27 square miles (1,650.5 km2), of which 635.89 square miles (1,646.9 km2) (or 99.78%) is land and 1.38 square miles (3.6 km2) (or 0.22%) is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 16,182 people, 6,046 households, and 4,558 families residing in the county. The population density was 25 people per square mile (10/km²). There were 7,005 housing units at an average density of 11 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.11% White, 23.11% Black or African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 6,046 households out of which 35.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.60% were married couples living together, 11.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 23.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 3.13. In the county the population was spread out with 27.50% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.30% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 13.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.60 males. The median income for a household in the county was $30,840, and the median income for a family was $36,780. Males had a median income of $28,698 versus $20,154 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,752. About 12.90% of families and 16.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.50% of those under age 18 and 23.70% of those age 65 or over. Source Wikipedia.