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State of Georgia FY 2009 Capital Case Litigation Initiative

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $250,000)

The purpose of the Capital Case Litigation Initiative (CCLI) is to provide high-quality training and technical assistance on death penalty issues to prosecutors and defense counsel who litigate death penalty cases. This program focuses on ensuring quality representation in death penalty cases and trials. The goals of CCLI are to increase the number of capital litigation attorneys trained in death penalty cases, and to ensure that defense counsel and prosecutors have the most up-to-date and comprehensive information available to them on death penalty litigation.

The Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (GCJCC) will utilize the Fiscal Year 2009 CCLI award to provide quality capital case litigation training to both prosecutors and defense attorneys in the State of Georgia.

The GCJCC will work in partnership with the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender (GCD) and the Prosecuting Attorney's Council of Georgia (PAC) to deliver both prosecutor and defense-based CCLI trainings. The GCD will develop and conduct two, three-day capital defense seminars open to all GCD attorneys, conflict attorneys, and private attorneys representing indigents in capital cases. The PAC will develop and conduct one, three-day Prosecutor Capital Litigation Conference open to all district attorney offices in Georgia.

The GCD will coordinate with the private bar and nonprofit organizations. The training program will be based on the curricula developed by the CCLI national partners. The PAC will coordinate with the NDAA, NAPC, District Attorneys' Association of Georgia, Georgia Attorney General, and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to provide the highest quality training to Georgia prosecutors. Grant funds will cover fiscal agent administrative expenses; in-state travel; conference related expenses (supplies, evaluation forms, etc.); and consultant/contractual fees (assessment test development, researchers, and curriculum delivery).


Date Created: August 31, 2009