Benton County

Circuit Clerk's Office


Kathy Graves

Circuit Clerk

Telephone:  662-224-6310                             Hours:  Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  except on legal holidays


Contact Info:

Kathy Graves, Circuit Clerk 

P.O. Box 262      190 Ripley Avenue Ashland, MS  38603

Phone: 662-224-6310

Fax: 662-224-6312


Public Records

Request for Public Records 


Circuit Clerk's Policy Concerning Public Records



Benton County, MS


Jury Duty Information

Voter Registration Application


First Circuit Court of Mississippi 


Secretary of State, Delbert Hoseman


State of Mississippi Official Website

Mississippi Development Authority LOIS - Locate Industrial Buildings and Sites in Benton County

Northeast MS Planning & Development District


Duties of the Circuit Clerk

Court Calendar

  • The Circuit Court:  Serves as the Clerk, Keeps the court docket, Enters a complete record of the proceedings of each suit in the Circuit Court.  

  • Notifies citizens who have been selected to serve on jury duty, Prepares a list of jurors for attorneys.  Issues subpoenas, files all trial documents, receives verdicts of jurors and reads them in open court.

  • Issues Marriage licenses and keeps records of marriages.

  • Registers citizens to vote and has other duties in handling elections. 

  • Records the judgments to the judgment roll.
  • Records other types of licenses.

Applying for a Marriage License, 

Effective July 1, 2012


  • Valid ID for both, must be at least 21 years of age (birth certificate or driver's license) 

  • If under 21, a parent must sign or a court order may be required.

  • Filing fee of $21

  • Confirm any recent divorce is finalized by a signed order  

The Grand Jury will convene 2 times per year as determined by the Court Administrator 


Third Judicial District Circuit Judges:

  • Andrew Howorth

  • Robert Elliott

  • John Gregory 

First Judicial District Court Terms begin

  • March

  • June-July

  • August

  • October

Courtroom Rules:  No weapons; no food or drink; cell phones on silent or turned off.


Election Central


  • Next Election will be November 6, 2012 Check here for Results

  • Monday, June 17, 2011 First day to vote absentee ballot in Circuit Clerk's Office for the Primary Election 

  • Tuesday, August 2, 2011 - Democratic and Republican Primary for State and County Officials - Click here for Primary Results

  • Tuesday, August 23, 2011 - Run-off Democratic and Republican Primary - Click here for Runoff Results 

  • Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - General Election - Click here for Election Results 


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