Writs of actual innocence; statue of limitations for filing of a petition. (SB958)

Introduced By

Sen. Richard Stuart (R-Westmoreland)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Writs of actual innocence. Requires the Attorney General to provide written notice of intent to join a petition for a writ of actual innocence to the local attorney for the Commonwealth in the jurisdiction of conviction or adjudication of delinquency. The bill directs the Court of Appeals to dismiss any second or subsequent petition for failure to identify new or different evidence in support of actual innocence or for failure to assert the new or different evidence in a prior petition under circumstances that constitute an abuse of the writ. The bill directs the Attorney General to notify the victim or victim's representative of a hearing scheduled or any oral argument; the victim or victim's representative has the right to attend such hearing or oral argument. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


01/06/2023Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/23 23101624D
01/06/2023Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/16/2023Reported from Judiciary with substitute (14-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
01/16/2023Committee substitute printed 23104615D-S1
01/17/2023Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/18/2023Read second time
01/18/2023Reading of substitute waived
01/18/2023Committee substitute agreed to 23104615D-S1
01/18/2023Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB958S1
01/19/2023Read third time and passed Senate (39-Y 1-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2023Placed on Calendar
02/09/2023Read first time
02/09/2023Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2023Assigned Courts sub: Subcommittee #1
02/17/2023Subcommittee recommends reporting (6-Y 2-N)
02/20/2023Reported from Courts of Justice (12-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/22/2023Read second time
02/23/2023Read third time
02/23/2023Passed House (52-Y 43-N)
02/23/2023VOTE: Passage (52-Y 43-N) (see vote tally)
03/07/2023Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB958ER)
03/08/2023Signed by President
03/08/2023Signed by Speaker
03/13/2023Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on March 13, 2023
03/13/2023G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 27, 2023
03/27/2023G Approved by Governor-Chapter 719 (effective 7/1/23)
03/27/2023G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0719)

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