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Defense structure, 2017

  • Organization

    Localized

  • Oversight

    No oversight

Mississippi provides counsel to indigent youth through a county- or circuit-based system that is mostly locally funded. Visit the National Juvenile Defender Center's Mississippi state profile for more details.

Waiver of counsel, 2014

A juvenile may waive his or her right to counsel as long as it was made intelligently, knowingly, and voluntarily.

  • Restrictions on waivers
  • No restrictions
  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.
  • Age

    No restrictions

  • Crime

    No restrictions

  • Hearing

    No restrictions

  • Placement

    No restrictions

Timing of counsel, 2013

In Mississippi, an attorney for a juvenile can be appointed at the following points in the process: Custodial Questioning / Talk with Intake Officer; Detention Hearing / First Court Appearance / Arraignment; Loss of Freedom / Institutionalization / Commitment / Imprisonment; All Stages of Proceedings / All Critical States of Proceedings.

  • Reflects laws as of the end of 2013 legislative sessions.

Indigency requirements, 2013

Indigency determination: Judicially

In Mississippi, both juvenile and adult statutes provide information on juvenile indigency and the determination of indigency. By statute, special juvenile law education / training / experience/ program for appointed juvenile counsel. Indigency is judicially determined.

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Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.

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