Section furthers the study of criminal law; seeks uniformity with respect to legislation and administration; and simplify and improve the application of justice. The Section monitors proposed criminal law procedure changes by the General Assembly and legislative issues related to Sentencing Guidelines and Truth in Sentencing proposals; studies and comments on proposed changes to the docketing rules; monitors and provides recommendations or sponsors CLE programs in the area of record preservation, non-capital sentencing and practical criminal law trial skills; and assists in ensuring adequate CLE training is available for potential appointed death penalty post conviction relief counsel. Other projects include the continued review of the utility of uniform sentencing instruction in capital cases; updating the indigency standards for appointed counsel in death penalty cases; and continuing to advocate for increased state funding for reimbursement of private counsel in appointed cases.
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