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.

NEW: JRJ Grant Application Forms

NEW:Parent Representation Training June 15, 2017 - Registration Form and Agenda

NEW: 2017 Northern Regional Juvenile Defender Training June 16, 2017 - Registration Form and Agenda

NEW: 2017 Fall Public Defender Conference Oct. 24-27 at Gold Strike Casino in Tunica. Registration and Agenda will be posted later.

HB 585 Conference Materials

CONFERENCE MATERIALS on Training Page

Public Defender Task Force Information


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