Writ of actual innocence; biological evidence, petitioners pro se. (SB36)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Writ of actual innocence based on biological evidence; petitioners pro se. Provides that the Supreme Court shall not accept a petition for a writ of actual innocence based on biological evidence from a petitioner pro se unless such petition is accompanied by a certificate that a copy of the petition and all attachments has been sent to the attorney for the Commonwealth for the jurisdiction where the conviction or adjudication of delinquency occurred and to the Attorney General. This duplicates the practice for a pro se petition for a writ of actual innocence based on nonbiological evidence filed with the Court of Appeals. This bill is a recommendation of the Judicial Council. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/13/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101194D
12/13/2013Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/15/2014Continued to 2015 in Courts of Justice (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)