A Neutral,

Fact-Finding State Agency

Charged with Investigating Post-Conviction Claims of Innocence

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Pursuant to the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission Rules and Procedures, Rule 12(B), the Commission will hold a meeting for public comment on Monday, December 13, 2021 from 3:45-4:45 PM ET.  The following page includes an outline of the guidelines for the public comment meeting as determined by Commission Chair, Judge Thomas H. Lock.
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The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission is a state agency established in 2006 by the General Assembly to investigate and evaluate post-conviction claims of factual innocence.

Commission members

The Commission is made up of eight members selected by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and the Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. The members include a Superior Court Judge, a Prosecuting Attorney, a Defense Attorney, a Victim Advocate, a Member of the Public, a Sheriff, and two Discretionary members.

The Commission staff carefully reviews new evidence and investigates cases in a neutral and impartial manner.

Total Claims Received

Total Cases Closed

Claims Received in 2021


*Data compiled October 1, 2021

Staff Members

Our experienced staff reviews and investigates numerous innocence claims. Our staff includes an Executive Director, an Associate Director, two Staff Attorneys, a Case Coordinator, two Grant Staff Attorneys, a Grant Legal Investigator, a Victim Services Coordinator, and an Administrative Secretary.