Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2008, $100,000)
The purpose of the Capital Case Litigation Initiative (CCLI) is to provide high-quality training and technical assistance on death penalty issues to judges and attorneys who litigate death penalty cases. This program focuses on ensuring quality representation and reliable jury verdicts. The goals of CCLI are to increase the number of capital litigation attorneys trained in death penalty cases, and to ensure that defense counsel, prosecutors, and judges have the most up-to-date and comprehensive information available to them on death penalty litigation.
The Commonwealth's Attorneys' Services Council (CASC) will utilize the 2008 CCLI funds to train prosecutors within the State of Virginia for a period of 18 months. CASC seeks to increase the number of Virginia prosecutors trained to try capital murder cases and to provide continuing resources supporting the prosecution of capital cases as part of an effective and reliable system of capital punishment. CASC will offer a prosecutor training program focused on the prosecution of capital murder cases; create and distribute a capital murder prosecution manual; and develop a comprehensive capital pleading resource bank.