Judge John Shirley


Annie Scarborough
Phone: 601-863-3237


Brendan Sartin is the youth court prosecutor and the adult municipal court prosecutor.

Public Defender

Greg Hemphill is the youth court public defender and the adult municipal court public defender.

Law Enforcement Officers

Pearl Law Enforcement Juvenile Division Officers investigate allegations that a child has been abused, neglected, or has committed a crime.

Lieutenant Amanda Thomasson
Phone: 601-932-3572

Detective Justin Barnette
Phone: 601-863-3251
Email: JBarnette@cityofpearl.com

Detective Phillip Underwood
Phone: 601-863-3245
Email: PUnderwood@cityofpearl.com

Guardian ad Litem

The Youth Court Guardian ad Litem, Debra Baker, who is appointed by the Youth Court Judge, is appointed as an arm of the Court to investigate and make recommendations regarding allegations of child abuse and child neglect.

Debra Baker
Phone: 601-863-3202

Court Counselors

The Court Counselors, Jennifer Nickols and Angela Watkins, counsel with and provide supervision for children who have been placed on probation.

Jennifer Nickols
Phone: 601-863-3227

Angela Watkins
Phone: 601-863-3233
Email: Angela.Watkins@mdhs.ms.gov

DHS (now CPS) - Child Protection Services

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, you may call 1-800-222-8000 or via internet at MS Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Reporting System

Rankin County Department of Human Services now known as Rankin County Child Protection Services (CPS), 601-824-6322, investigates allegations that a child has been abused or neglected.

Pearl CPS Area Social Work Supervisors, April Edwards, Cynthia Moore, Danielle Armistad, supervise other CPS workers assigned to children who have allegedly been abused or neglected.

April Edwards
Phone: 601-824-6322
Cynthia Moore
Phone: 601-824-6322
Danielle Armistad
Phone: 601-824-6322

Forms, Comments & Frequent Questions


Attorney entry of appearance form: pdf format OR Word format.

Delinquency Dispositional Alternatives: pdf format.

Abuse/Neglect Dispositional Alternatives: pdf format.

Comments & Frequently Asked Questions

Youth Court involves children who are allegedly abused; neglected; delinquent; in need of supervision; and/or in need of mental health treatment.

Click here to read some youth court definitions and a comparison between adult criminal court and youth court for a child who is accused of committing an act that would be considered a crime if the child was an adult.

Click here for frequently asked questions.


Click here for Youth Court rules.