In the 21st Judicial District, there are only Chancery and Circuit Courts. Probate matters are filed in Chancery Court and criminal matters are filed in Circuit Court. The judges of the 21st Judicial District are all designated Circuit Judges. They sit as Chancellor when holding Chancery Court. There are now four divisions of the Circuit Court with a separate judge for each division.
Judge Joseph A. Woodruff sits in Division I; Judge James G. Martin, III, Division II; Judge Mike Binkley in Division III and Judge Deanna B. Johnson in Division IV. All criminal cases are divided into Part 1 and Part 2. All civil cases, both Circuit and Chancery, are also divided into Part 1 and Part 2. Each judge is assigned to one of the parts, either criminal Part 1 or 2 or civil Part 1 or 2.
Note:Effective 1-1-16, assignments are Judge Michael W. Binkley - Civil Part 2; Judge Deanna B. Johnson - Civil Part 1; Judge James G. Martin, III - Criminal Part 2; Judge Joseph A. Woodruff - Criminal Part 1