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Foundation awards grant to committee

JACKSON — A $10,000 grant from the Mississippi Bar Foundation will help a group of lawyers and judges to complete their work drafting recommendations for statewide uniform criminal rules.

The Uniform Criminal Rules Study Committee is the recipient of a grant funded by Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA).

The Uniform Criminal Rules Study Committee, appointed by the Mississippi Supreme Court in 2004, is conducting an extensive examination of rules that cover every aspect of criminal proceedings from pre-arrest issuance of search warrants through post-trial motions. The committee is developing recommendations for a set of Rules of Criminal Procedure to govern practice and procedure in justice, municipal, county and circuit courts.

Court of Appeals Judge Larry Roberts of Meridian, co-chair of the Study Committee, said, “We wish to express our gratitude to the Mississippi Bar Foundation for providing funding so that the project may continue to completion.”

The Study Committee expects to present recommendations to the Supreme Court this fall, Judge Roberts said. However, the Study Committee may be asked to do additional work after the recommendations are put out for public comment.

The Mississippi Supreme Court has rule-making authority over all state courts. The recommendations will be reviewed by the Supreme Court Rules Committee on Practice and Procedure and put out for public comment.

The committee’s only expense is for legal research and reporting conducted by Matthew Steffey, professor of law at the Mississippi College School of Law.

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