Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases

CONTACT INFORMATION

Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3431

Phone: 614.387.9330
Fax: 614.387.9329

Staff Liaison to the Commission:
Tammy White

The Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases administers the requirements of the Rules for Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases including the certification of attorneys who are eligible to be appointed to represent indigent capital defendants.

Rules for Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases (Appt. Coun.R)

Commission Roster

Statewide List of Attorneys Certified to Accept Appointments in Capital Cases

Capital Defense Training Requirements

In the two-year period prior to seeking certification for appointment as trial counsel for indigent defendants in capital cases pursuant Appt.Coun.R. 3.02 or 3.03 and every two years thereafter, an attorney shall satisfactorily complete at least twelve hours of training on the defense of capital cases accredited by the Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases.

Those seeking certification for appointment as appellate counsel pursuant to Appt.Coun.R. 3.04, shall in the two-year prior to seeking certification and every two years thereafter, satisfactorily complete at least twelve of training on the defense of capital cases, of which at least six hours shall be on the appeal of capital cases.

Accredited Capital Defense Trainings

May 7-8, 2015, Columbus, Ohio
Death Penalty Defense: Trials and Appeals
Sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association

Forms

Application for Certification for Appointment as Counsel
Prior to appointment as counsel in a capital case, an attorney shall obtain certification from the Commission. To obtain certification as trial lead counsel, trial co-counsel, and/or appellate counsel an application must be submitted to the Commission providing evidence of the required experience, and 12 hours of capital defense training within two years of making application.

Appointment of Trial Counsel in a Capital Case
Within two weeks of appointment of an attorney as counsel for an indigent defendant in a capital case pursuant to Appt.Coun.R. 5.02 or 5.03, the court shall notify the Supreme Court staff liaison to the Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases.

Disposition of a Capital Case by the Trial Court
Within two weeks of the disposition of a capital case in which an attorney was appointed as counsel for an indigent defendant in a capital case pursuant to Appt.Coun.R. 5.02 or 5.03, the court shall notify the Supreme Court staff liaison to the Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases.

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