FOR WRIT OF CERTIORARI.
The United States Supreme Court grants certiorari in only
a few state criminal appeals every year. However, a panel
attorney should take a petition for writ of certiorari in
those cases which have a strong, well-preserved issue of federal
law as to which a reasonable argument can be made that review
by the United States Supreme Court is necessary. Reasonable
compensation will be paid for preparation of the petition
if taking the petition was a reasonable step given the issue
or issues presented. If you are in doubt, consult with your
SDAP staff attorney.
The petition is due within 90 days of the denial of review
by the California Supreme Court. (Rules of the Supreme Court
of the United States, rule 13.1.) If the petition is filed
in forma pauperis, counsel need only submit the original and
10 copies. (Rule 39.2.)