New Mississippi criminal court rules address bail, lawyers

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — New court rules in Mississippi could help prevent poor people from being stuck in jail without a lawyer or bail.

After six years of work, Mississippi’s first-ever uniform rules of criminal procedure were adopted by the Mississippi Supreme Court in December and took effect Saturday.

They govern a wide range of issues from filing a case to what happens after a trial. But retired state Supreme Court Justice Ann Lamar, who helped lead the work, said one big effect will be to help people with few resources bail out of jail and obtain a lawyer.

Meridian Star