Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation were waiting for the Hancock County Probate Court judge when she got to the courthouse at about 8:30 a.m. Wednesday.
There must be about 50 to 60 agents over there, said Chuck Reynolds, public information officer for the county and editor of the Sparta Ishmaelite newspaper.
Probate Judge Marva Rice was locked out of her office, but no one is saying what led to the probe, Reynolds said.
Hancock County Sheriff Terrell Primus said his office has nothing to do with the search.
We have deputies over there for court, but the FBI is doing the search, said Primus, who said he could not comment further on the nature of the search.