Commission on a Uniform Youth Court System begins work
August 31, 2023
Circuit Judge Brad A. Touchstone of Purvis was elected on Aug. 31 as chairman of the Mississippi Commission on a Uniform Youth Court System and Procedures.
Lee County Court Judge Staci Bevill of Tupelo was elected vice-chair and Madison County Court Judge Staci O’Neal of Madison was elected secretary during the Commission’s organizational meeting on Aug. 31 at the Capitol.
The Commission at the Aug. 31 meeting began discussions of whether to make changes to the existing youth court system, potential costs, and what is in the best interests of the children who come under the supervision of the Youth Courts. The webcast of the meeting is at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXF9Imh9nhI.
The Commission is expected to submit a report to the Legislature in October 2024. Next scheduled meetings of the Commission are Sept. 22 and Oct. 19.
Legislators serving on the Commission are Rep. Jansen Owen of Poplarville, appointed by the Speaker of the House; and Sen. Jeremy England of Vancleave, appointed by the Lt. Governor. Department of Child Protective Services Commissioner Andrea Sanders and Department of Human Services Executive Director Robert Anderson serve on the Commission.
Mississippi Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Randolph appointed Circuit Judge Brad A. Touchstone of Purvis and Chancellor Gerald M. Martin of Raleigh to the Commission.
Tishomingo County Youth Court Referee Joey M. Cobb of Iuka serves on the Commission as acting chairman of the Council of Youth Court Judges. Appointees to the Commission selected by the chairman of the Council of Youth Court Judges are:
Gov. Tate Reeves’ appointees to the Commission are: