Reporting for Jury Duty & Court Announcements

Prior to reporting for jury duty and for information and instructions on reporting date(s) and time(s) for jury duty: 

See Announcements below, OR Call 601-403-2346 or 601-749-7756 for a recorded message.



Jury Selection.  Prospective jurors are selected at random from a master list of county residents eligible to serve on a jury. 


Juror Qualifications.  A prospective juror must

  • Be twenty-one (21) years of age
  • Be a qualified elector, or a resident freeholder of the county for more than one (1) year
  • Be able to read and write
  • Not have been convicted of an infamous crime, or the unlawful sale of intoxicating liquors within a period of five years
  • Not be a common gambler or habitual drunkard


Information Regarding Jury Duty

A failure to report for jury duty may constitute a contempt of court punishable by a fine or imprisonment, or both.  All qualified persons shall be liable to serve as jurors, unless excused by the court for

  • Illness that renders juror incapable of performing jury service.
  • Undue or extreme physical or financial hardship to prospective juror or a person under his/her care or supervision.
  • Breast-feeding mother.


All requests to be excused from jury duty must be approved by the presiding judge.  All requests must be submitted in writing to the Circuit Clerk’s Office via hand delivery, email to eshaw@pearlrivercounty.net, or via fax at 601-403-2338. 


A personal exemption from jury duty may be claimed by prospective jurors

  • Over sixty-five (65) years of age.
  • Who served as a grand juror, or as a petit juror in the trial of a litigated case, within the last two (2) years.

Please call contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office to claim a personal exemption.


If your name or address has changed in any way, please contact the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Poplarville Office

200 South Main Street

Poplarville, MS 39470

(601) 403-2328

Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm

Mailing Address

Nance Fitzpatrick Stokes

Pearl River County Circuit Clerk

P. O. Box 530

Poplarville, MS 39470-0530

Picayune Office

917 Goodyear Blvd

Picayune, MS 39466

(601) 749-7728

Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm

(closed 12pm - 1pm)