This court has jurisdiction over traffic violations, misdemeanors, City of Osceola ordinances, and small/civil claims. District Judge Catherine P. Dean presides.
Catherine Crain Palmer Dean is a fourth-generation Arkansan raised in Wilson and affectionately called a "south-ender" by her friends on the "north end."
The Osceola District includes Osceola, portions of Burdette, Luxora, Victoria, Etowah, Keiser, Driver, Marie, Wilson, Bassett, Joiner, Dyess, Frenchman's Bayou, Whitton, Denwood and Birdsong, just to name a few. Having spent the past 26 years living and working in this community, Catherine has firsthand experience in the everyday workings of our justice system -- the best judicial system world-wide, although not perfect, still the best.
Prior to taking the bench, Judge Dean served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for 25 years and was a founding member of the Mississippi County Drug Court team as well as the Mississippi County Mental Health Court team. Commonly referred to as "accountability" courts, the goal is to help treat and re-direct those offenders into becoming law-abiding, employed, productive, tax-paying citizens in our community.
Judge Dean uses the skills and tools she gained from her experience in the accountability courts and tailors them for District Court, when applicable.
For Catherine, Mississippi County has always been her home. Her friends and co-workers are here. This is where her parents are. This is where she raised her two children and where she and her husband, Richard, reside.
Catherine loves this community and believes that the "south end" of Mississippi County has a special allure and soulfulness that is rare these days. She proudly serves as the District Judge for the Osceola District of Mississippi County, Arkansas.