Important Chapter 154 Development
Posted on: 9/24/2013 01:45:09 PM by Peoples
On September 23, 2013, the Department of Justice published its Final Rule concerning the certification process for States seeking the benefits of the special habeas corpus provisions contained in Chapter 154 of Title 28.  The special procedures will be available to States that the Attorney General certifies as having established mechanisms for the appointment, compensation, and payment of reasonable litigation expenses of competent counsel in capital State post-conviction proceedings, and as providing standards of competency for the appointment of counsel in those proceedings.  The Final Rule will be effective 30 days after September 23, 2013 unless it is withdrawn or a federal court prevents it from going into effect at that time.