Mississippi Juvenile Attorney and Lawyer for Youth Court
If a minor who is not yet reached age 17, in most instances, commits and act that would be a crime if committed by an adult, the matter is handled in Youth Court. Youth Court has exclusive original jurisdiction over minors where abuse, neglect, children in need of supervision, among others, are involved. There are exceptions, including, where firearms are involved in the act committed by the minor. The focus of Youth Court is to rehabilitate the minor and restore the family unit. Youth Court actions are civil in nature, not criminal. This is designed so that the minor can hopefully learn from his mistake and get back on the right track without a criminal record. The Department of Human Services plays a heavy role in all Youth Court actions. The Youth Court will also appoint what is known as a “guardian ad litem” (guardian for the proceeding), which is an attorney whose role is to look out for the best interests of the child. The child is also entitled to have an attorney to represent him. The county prosecuting attorney (county attorney), or his designee, handles the case on behalf of the state. Youth Court proceedings are closed to the public and all occurrences in the case are held strictly confidential. It can be a crime to disclose occurrences in Youth Court. In some instances, the Youth Court can “certify” a minor to the circuit court and the minor is then treated as an adult and is criminally prosecuted. At the Law Offices of Attorney John R. Reeves, P.C., we have handled many Youth Court cases over the years. Let our experience work for you in this very important area of law.
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