Justice Court

Mission Statement


The DeSoto County Justice Court Judges and Clerk's Office are committed to provide quality court services with fairness, integrity,and professionalism in an expeditious and timely manner for the citizens of DeSoto County.

The Justice Court judges are committed to providing outstanding services for all citizens in a fair and impartial manner. The clerk's office seeks to provide equal access to justice, to improve public confidence in the courts by providing prompt, courteous service, and accessibility, and to exercise case management practices designed to facilitate the fair and timely disposition of cases.

Types of Cases Handled in Justice Court



Justice Courts have jurisdiction over small claims civil cases involving amounts of $3,500 or less, misdemeanor criminal cases, and any traffic offense that occurs outside a municipality. 

Justice Court judges may conduct bond hearings and preliminary hearings in felony criminal cases and may issue search warrants.