Mississippi

This page provides a breakdown of all major developments and right to counsel law that the NCCRC knows for this state, sorted by subject area. Click on either tab below to see the aspect it describes.

Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

Legislation

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Mississippi finally authorizes appointment of counsel in child welfare cases

05/13/2016

In 2016, the Mississippi Legislature enacted a law authorizing youth court judges to appoint counsel for parents in child welfare cases.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

 

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Pilot

Mississippi pilots show significant benefit of counsel in child welfare cases

05/15/2015

A recent Mississippi study showed that parents benefit significantly when given access to legal counsel.

 

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Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Children

Legislation

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Right to counsel

Minors in abuse/neglect proceedings have the right to an attorney-GAL.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Adult Protective Proceedings - Proposed Ward

Legislation

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Right to counsel

There is potentially a right to counsel in vulnerable adult proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

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Bypass of Parental Input into Abortion - Minor

Legislation

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Right to counsel

There is a right to counsel upon request for a minor seeking to bypass parental consent for an abortion.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Civil Commitment - Subject of Petition

Legislation

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Right to counsel

There is a right to counsel for respondents in civil commitment proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Incarceration for Fees/Fines (incomplete)

Legislation

Legislation: fines/fees cases

02/21/2017

A series of bills would have required appointment of counsel prior to incarceration for failure to pay fines/fees.

 

Nccrc_involvement_icon The NCCRC assisted the work around HB 1033.

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Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Children

Legislation

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Right to counsel

A state statute requires appointment of a guardian ad litem who is an attorney for children in contested adoptions.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes

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Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children

Legislation

Key_development Question_mark

Right to counsel

Minors have a right to counsel in termination of parental rights proceedings.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no

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Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Birth Parents

Legislation

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Mississippi finally authorizes appointment of counsel in termination of parental rights cases

04/18/2016

In 2016, the Mississippi Legislature passed a bill authorizing judges to appoint counsel for parents in termination of parental rights cases.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

 

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