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Case Name Jefferson County v. State PD-MS-0002
Docket / Court 99-0169 ( State Court )
State/Territory Mississippi
Case Type(s) Indigent Defense
Case Summary
In 1999, Plaintiff Jefferson County filed suit against the State of Mississippi in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, seeking to force the State to contribute to the cost of indigent defense.

In the same year, two similar suits were filed against the state by Quitman and Noxubee ... read more >
In 1999, Plaintiff Jefferson County filed suit against the State of Mississippi in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, seeking to force the State to contribute to the cost of indigent defense.

In the same year, two similar suits were filed against the state by Quitman and Noxubee Counties. These cases appear in our database as Quitman County v. State of Mississippi (PD-MS-0001) and Noxubee County v. State (PD-MS-0003). Also in 1999, a suit complaining of inadequate public funding for indigent defense was filed by an individual public defender against Forrest County and the State of Mississippi. This case appears in our database as Van Slyke v. State (PD-MS-0004).

Jefferson County v. State, Noxubee County v. State, and Van Slyke v. State were all held in abeyance pending the outcome of the first appeal to the Mississippi Supreme Court in Quitman County v. State of Mississippi. See State v. Quitman County, 807 So.2d 401, 402 n.1 (Miss. 2001). In 2001, the Mississippi Supreme Court resolved that first appeal by holding that Quitman County stated a sufficient cause of action to justify a trial. State v. Quitman County, 807 So.2d 401, 410 (Miss. 2001).

Because we have no docket or other court documents for Jefferson County v. State, we are unsure whether the case was resumed following the Mississippi Supreme Court's authorization of a trial in State v. Quitman County or whether the case was otherwise resolved.

The information for this summary was acquired primarily from a report by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund entitled "Assembly Line Justice: Mississippi's Indigent Defense Crisis." This document appears in our database as PD-MS-0002-0001. Also relevant was the information located in State v. Quitman County, 807 So.2d 401, 402 n.1 (Miss. 2001).

We have no further information on this case.

Vidhya Reddy - 02/04/2008


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Plaintiff Type
City/County Plaintiff
Causes of Action
Defendant(s) State of Mississippi
Plaintiff Description Jefferson County, a county in Mississippi
Class action status outcome Unknown
Filed Pro Se Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief Unknown
Filed 1999
Case Ongoing Unknown
Case Listing PD-MS-0001 : Quitman County v. State of Mississippi (State Court)
PD-MS-0003 : Noxubee County v. State (State Court)
PD-MS-0004 : Van Slyke v. State (State Court)
Additional Resources
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  Securing Reasonable Caseloads: Ethics and Law in Public Defense
Date: 2011
By: Norman Lefstein (Indiana University--Indianapolis Faculty)
Citation: (ABA 2011)
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  Justice Denied: America's Continuing Neglect of Our Constitutional Right to Counsel.
Date: Apr. 14, 2009
By: National Right to Counsel Committee (The Constitution Project)
Citation: National Right to Counsel Committee, Justice Denied: America's Continuing Neglect of Our Constitutional Right to Counsel (2009)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ] [ External Link ]

  The Third Generation of Indigent Defense Litigation
New York University Review of Law and Social Change
Date: 2009
By: Cara Drinan (Columbus School of Law, Catholic University Faculty)
Citation: 33 N.Y.U. Rev. L. & Soc. Change 427 (2009)
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  Indigent Defense Reform: The Role of Systemic Litigation in Operationalizing the Gideon Right to Counsel
Date: May 7, 2007
By: Vidhya K. Reddy (Washington University in St. Louis Law Student)
[ Detail ] [ PDF ]

Court Docket(s)
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General Documents
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02/01/2003
Assembly Line Justice: Mississippi's Indigent Defense Crisis [NAACP Legal Defense Fund Report]
PD-MS-0002-0001.pdf | Detail

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