Case Progression Flowchart
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Frequently Asked Questions
- What cases do we take?
- Who can initiate a claim?
- How do I initiate a claim?
- How long will it take to review my claim?
- What if there was an error in my trial?
All of the following criteria must be met before an innocence claim may be investigated:
- Conviction must have been in a North Carolina state court. N.C. G.S. 15A-1460(1).
- Conviction must be for a felony. N.C. G.S. 15A-1460(1).
- Applicant must be a living person. N.C. G.S. 15A-1460(1).
- Applicant must be claiming complete factual innocence for any criminal responsibility for the crime. N.C. G.S. 15A-1460(1).
- Credible evidence of innocence must exist. N.C. G.S. 15A-1460(1).
- Verifiable evidence of innocence must exist. N.C. G.S. 15A-1460(1).
- Claim must not have been previously heard at trial or in a post-conviction hearing. N.C. G.S. 15A-1460(1).
- Applicant must sign agreement pursuant to § 15A-1467.
Most claims are made directly by the claimant. A claimant’s friend or family member may not initiate a claim, however they may provide our contact information to the claimant and suggest her or she write to us.
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If you are a court, state or local agency, defendant’s counsel, please call or write the Commission to refer the case.
If you are a defendant, please send a letter to the Commission requesting a questionnaire. Please remember, you must be claiming complete factual innocence of the crime for which you are convicted and any lesser related crimes in order for the Commission to review your case.
If you are a friend or family member, please ask the defendant to send a letter to the Commission requesting a questionnaire. You may contact the Commission, however, you may not refer a case. We will take any information that you provide and contact the defendant directly to determine whether he/she would like to file a claim with the Commission. Commission cases are confidential and we are unable to provide you with any information regarding the claim.
North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc.
Post Office Box 25397
Raleigh, North Carolina 27611
The Commission provides an annual report to the General Assembly.
2016 Annual Report (Submitted in 2017)
2015 Annual Report (Submitted in 2016)
2014 Annual Report (Submitted in 2015)
2013 Annual Report (Submitted in 2014)
2012 Annual Report (Submitted in 2013)