The Criminal Litigation Division consists of some of the most experienced attorneys in state government. Because they rely so heavily on judicial precedent, these attorneys have a keen interest in the history as well as the future development of the law. All pleadings filed by Criminal Division attorneys are carefully researched and precisely argued to ensure that lawful convictions and sentences are upheld by the courts.
Appellate Section attorneys represent the State in all criminal appeals and other criminal proceedings (except death penalty cases) in the Supreme Court of Mississippi, the Court of Appeals of Mississippi and the Supreme Court of the United States, and represent the State’s interest in extradition matters. The attorneys in this Section also provide advice and limited research resources to prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and other public officials.
DEATH PENALTY SECTION
The attorneys in the Death Penalty Section of the Criminal Division represent the state in all death penalty proceedings in the Mississippi Supreme Court and in all federal courts. In addition, the attorneys in this Section frequently handle post-conviction evidentiary hearings in state circuit courts in death penalty cases, and also provide advice and limited research resources to prosecutors, law enforcement officers and other public officials in the area of death penalty law.
FEDERAL HABEAS SECTION
The attorneys in the Federal Habeas Section of the Criminal Division represent the State in all non-death penalty habeas corpus proceedings in all federal courts.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. I have (or a family member or a friend has) been charged with a crime. Can the Attorney General’s Office help me?
A. No. By law the Attorney General is prohibited from defending or consulting, advising, or counseling with anyone who has been charged with a crime. You should seek the help of a criminal defense attorney.
Q. I or a family member was a victim of a crime in a case in which the defendant was convicted and has now appealed. How can I find out the status of the case?
A. You can visit the Mississippi Supreme Court’s website, where you can find case status, argument dates, and court decisions. Additionally, you can call the Criminal Division at (601) 359-3687.