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Attorney General of Virginia

Criminal Appeals Section

The Criminal Appeals Section handles an array of post-conviction litigation filed by state prisoners challenging their state convictions, including criminal appeals, state and federal habeas corpus proceedings, petitions for writs of actual innocence, and other extraordinary writs.  The Section’s Capital Unit defends against appellate and collateral challenges to all cases in which a death sentence was imposed.  In addition, Section attorneys review wiretap applications and provide informal advice and assistance to prosecutors statewide.  Finally, the Section represents the Capitol Police, state magistrates, and the Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Services Council.  On an annual basis, the Section handles about 1500 cases.


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Donald Jeffrey

Senior Assistant Attorney General/Chief

Criminal Appeals Section

Office of the Attorney General
202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, VA 23219