Gartin Building Courtroom from the balcony

Youth Court Process for Abuse/Neglect & Delinquency Cases

The videos listed below are videos that display information about the Youth Court process. These videos can be viewed by parents and youth, enabling them to understand the rights and responsibilites of the youth court system in the State of Mississippi.

Courtroom Etiquette/Hearings Information

Abuse & Neglect Cases Process

Delinquency Cases Process

Advanced Professional Development for Court Procedures

The videos listed below are the result of the ongoing collaboration of the Court Improvement Work Group, which is comprised of employees of the Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) and the Administrative Office of Courts/Court Improvement Program (AOC/CIP). These training videos are primarily used for the purpose of establishing and familiarizing social workers, as well as other agency professionals with the courtroom protocol and expectations of the judicial system. Additionally, these videos identify principles of Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC), explain the importance of IV-E Funding eligibility, and the construction of the Rules and the weigh each section holds.

Volume 1


Dress for Success" What to Wear in the Courtroom

Virtual Tour of the Courtroom

Professional Conduct in the Courtroom

Basic Courtroom Etiquette

Mistakes to Avoid

Presenting Yourself in Court

The Judge and You

Good Practices

Volume 2

Preparing for Cross-Examination

Cross-Examination: Some Basic Tips

Rapid Fire Questions

(Not So) Friendly Questions

Never "Off the Record"

Yes or No "Answers"


Volume 3

Introduction I

Introduction II

Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children

Title IV-E

Uniform Rules of Youth Court Practice

Volume 4


"Bias and Lunch"

"One Father's Story"

Indian Child Welfare Act

The video trailer referenced is the culmination of the ongoing collaboration between the Mississippi Courts, Child Welfare Agency, the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, and various National Resource Centers which specifically focus their expertise on educating non tribal entities on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and other issues related to Native American values. The video trailer was developed by the Mississippi Administrative Office of Courts/Court Improvement Program in consultation with the National Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues and the National Resource Center for Tribes as an ICWA educational resource for judges, courts, child welfare, and judicial educators. The full length video will be available later this year. The video is being produced by Mad Genius, Inc., Ridgeland, Mississippi.

Video Trailer

ICWA Video

Giving Parents Voice