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 Missouri Office of the State Courts Administrator (OSCA) will utilize the 2008 CCLI funds to train up to 60 judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys within the State of Missouri for a period of 18 months. OSCA will partner with the National Judicial College to offer this cross-disciplinary program in collaboration with the Missouri State Sentencing Advisory Commission in order to improve the quality of representation and reliability of verdicts in Missouri's state court capital cases. OSCA's goals are to increase the number of capital litigation attorneys trained in capital procedures and strategies; and to ensure that judges, prosecutors, and defense counsel have the most up-to-date information available on death penalty litigation. CA/NCF