State Counsel for Offenders
The Appellate Section assists indigent clients needing help with some habeas corpus writs. If a client represented by the Criminal Defense Section is convicted of a crime, attorneys in the Appellate Section may also pursue an appeal on behalf of the client. If the Appellate Section pursues the case, an attorney will prepare briefs and argue the case before the appropriate appellate courts. The Appellate Section also handles appeals and other post-judgment matters arising from the civil defense of those adjudicated as sexually violent predators. Attorneys may also assist clients who discover substantial errors in regard to their convictions. If the client has a cognizable habeas corpus issue, SCFO may assist the client by researching whether there is a valid, provable legal reason to file an application for a writ of habeas corpus to either set aside or modify the conviction or sentence.