Commission on Children’s Justice public hearing is April 20 in Hattiesburg
The Mississippi Commission on Children’s Justice will conduct a public hearing April 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Trent Lott Center on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg.
This Commission is holding public hearings to gather information regarding the protection and education of children under the jurisdiction of Youth Courts. The hearing is the third to be held by the Commission. Hearings were held last year in Jackson and Oxford.
Mississippi Supreme Court Justice Randy G. Pierce of Leakesville, Commission co-chair, and Court of Appeals Judge Virginia C. Carlton of Columbia, who leads a subcommittee devoted to education issues, will give opening remarks.
The program of invited speakers is as follows:
Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. appointed the Commission to study the administration of justice in Youth Court and provide suggested improvements.
The Mississippi Supreme Court created the Commission on Children’s Justice in April 2006. The Supreme Court reestablished the Commission in June 2010, directing that it develop a statewide comprehensive approach to improving the administration of justice in Youth Courts in the area of child protection; coordinate the three branches of government in assessing the impact of government actions on children who are abused or neglected; and recommend changes to improve children’s safety, strengthen and support families, and promote public trust and confidence.