Judge Staci O'Neal was sworn in as the Madison
County Court Judge (Position 1) on January 3,
2017. As part of her County Court duties, she is
also one of two Youth Court Judges in Madison
County. She is also the Juvenile Drug Court Judge.
In 2017, Judge O'Neal created the "Jobs4Youth"
program as part of the Madison County Youth
Court. This program provides educational
opportunities for out-of-school youth within the
juvenile justice system. To learn more about the
program you can visit Jobs4Youth.
Staci O’Neal and her husband of 30+ years, Greg, have called Madison County home since 1994.They
have two adult children, Joshua and Meghan (Dylan). They are all members of Ridgecrest Baptist
Church where Greg has served as the Worship Pastor and Minister to Senior Adults since 1994.
Staci’s passion is young people and families. In addition to her law practice, Staci taught Children’s
Choirs for 30 years. Her experience as a Sunday School teacher and active involvement in youth
ministry for the past 30 years have contributed to her understanding of problems faced by
adolescents. After working with the many teenagers in Madison County who struggled with drugs and
other issues, she started a support group in 2008 for Madison County teens called “Metamorphosis.”
Several hundred teenagers went through Metamorphosis finding a place of unconditional love and help
with changing their lives. Staci also wrote The Way Out, which is a book designed to help teenagers
who need to change their lives and break free of destructive habits or circumstances.
In addition to helping teens who are in crisis, Staci has also made mentoring a part of her daily life. She
has coached the Madison Central Mock Trial Team since 2012. She is on the Board of the Madison
County Distinguished Young Woman program where she helps young ladies learn valuable interview
Staci is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Education where she was a member
of the Tiger Marching Band Color Guard. She and Greg are both 1987 graduates of Southwestern
Baptist Theological Seminary of Fort Worth, Texas. Staci graduated Magna
Cum Laude from Mississippi College School of Law in 2000 where she was an Editor of the Law Review,
a member of the Moot Court Board and a Justice on the Honor Court.
After graduating from law school, Staci began her law career doing various types of litigation
representing both plaintiffs and defendants. She has tried cases in Federal, Circuit, Chancery and
County Court. In 2006 she made the decision to start her own firm so that she could have the freedom
to better serve her community. In addition to managing her own firm which handled a variety of litigation
and property matters, Staci was appointed as the Public Defender for the Madison County Juvenile
Drug Court in 2006. In 2010 she was also appointed as the Public Defender for the entire Madison
County Youth Court. In her role as the Public Defender for Youth Court she represented the neglected,
abused and delinquent children of Madison County.
In 2016 Staci felt led to do more for Madison County from the other side of the bench. She was elected
as the Madison County Court Judge and was sworn in to begin her term on January 3, 2017.