The Office of State Public Defender (OSPD) was
created by SB 2563, becoming active on July 1, 2011. OSPD has three main divisions: Capital Defense Counsel Division, which tries and assists in death penalty trials and appeals throughout the State; the Indigent
Appeals Division, which handles all felony indigent criminal appeals; and the Training Division, which is responsible for the training all of Mississippi's public defenders.
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OSPD Right to Counsel in Mississippi Report October 2013 (updated September 2014)