Appeals and Post-conviction Section
The Appeals and Post-conviction Section typically represents clients who have already finished their trials, and who were previously represented by county public defenders or appointed counsel. Assistant public defenders review claims of unlawful imprisonment that have passed through the Intake Section, and determine whether those claims have arguable merit.
If a claim lacks merit, the attorney explains to the client why his or her claim has no merit. If a claim has arguable merit, the attorney uses state-of-the-art research tools, and, when appropriate, develops materials outside the trial record of the case. Then, with the assistance of support staff, the attorney litigates the claim in the appropriate courts.
There are more than 50,000 people in prison in Ohio. This section, despite facing considerable challenges in meeting the needs of persons requesting assistance, provides exceptional legal representation with the resources available.