Probate Court

 *****COVID-19 UPDATE****

Due to the Statewide Judicial Emergency which began on March 14, 2020, and runs until April 13, 2020, the Jackson County Probate Court is only performing essential functions, such as emergencies and other urgent matters. Please call us before coming to the office to determine if we will be able to assist you at this time. All trials and hearings scheduled during the Judicial Emergency have been continued. If you feel that it necessary to file a non-emergency action or motion, we ask that you submit those by mail. 

If you come to the Courthouse, please note we are only allowing one customer at a time in the Probate office. Customers will wait outside in the Courthouse atrium until their turn. Please refrain from bringing extra family members, small children or friends, as they will not be allowed in unless they need to sign documents.

We will not be processing new or renewal Weapons Carry License applications during the judicial emergency. If your license expires during the emergency period, it will remain valid during the judicial emergency which expires on April 13, 2020 under the Chief Justice’s current order. For example, a license expiring on March 18, 2020, will expire on April 17, 2020, and the renewal deadline will extend to May 17, 2020. If the judicial emergency order is extended, we will post the new date the emergency period ends.

Vital Record requests should be emailed along with a copy of your picture id. Please submit a request for a birth or death certificate by email to bnorton@jacksoncountygov.com; dblinn@jacksoncountygov.com; or jgearing@jacksoncountygov.com, following the directions below.

Marriage Certificates: provide the names of the couple, including maiden name, if applicable, the date of marriage, number of copies requested and your phone number. Copies are $11.50 each including mailing costs.

Birth Certificates: provide full name at birth, date of birth, father’s full name, mother’s full maiden name, your relationship to the person, the number of copies requested and your phone number. Copies are $25.00 for the first copy and $5.00 for each additional copy.

Death Certificates: provide full name of deceased, date of death, relationship to the deceased, reason the certificate is being requested and your phone number. Copies are $25.00 for the first copy and $5.00 for each additional copy.

After we receive the emailed request, we will call you to get your credit card information. (A 4% fee is added to all credit card charges.) Payment will be processed and the birth or death certificate will be mailed to you. If you need to pay with a check, your certificate will be mailed once we receive payment. Customers paying with cash will need to schedule an appointment to come to the office.

Marriage Licenses will be issued by appointment only to those couples whose marriage ceremony will occur on or before April 13, 2020. Marriage Licenses for ceremonies occurring after April 13, 2020 will not be issued until after April 14, 2020.

Thank you for your patience during this trying time.

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  Probate Court handles matters spanning from birth to death, and many things in between.  Probate Court jurisdiction includes:

  • Decedent's estates
  • Adult and minor guardianships and conservatorships
  • Marriage Licenses
  • Weapons Carry Licenses
  • Birth and Death records
  • Mental Health
  • Fireworks Display permits
  • Certificates of Residency
This Court does not handle traffic or probation for criminal sentences.  For Probation, please contact Sentinel Offenders Services @ 706-367-6391.