Appellate and post-conviction proceedings
Appellate and post-conviction proceedings are conducted in courts of appeal such as the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Appellate proceedings can be costly and time-consuming. However, appellate or post-conviction petitions are the only way to rectify a wrong that occurred during trial or to defend a victory at trial. The rulings governing appellate and post-conviction proceedings, whether they are filed in state or federal courts, are strict and non-compliance can result in the appeal or post-conviction petition being dismissed without even being considered by the reviewing court.
An appeal or post-conviction petition is vastly different than the process at trial. Trials are the place where evidence is heard and brought before the trier of fact. On appeal or in a post-conviction petition evidence is not presented to the appellate court. Instead, the appeal or post-conviction seeks to review the trial court’s evidentiary rulings or its ultimate decision following trial. The reviewing court’s decision is reached solely based upon the record on appeal. The record on appeal consists of the parties’ filings in the trial court, the trial court’s orders, and the transcripts of the trial proceedings. The fact that new evidence cannot be presented in the appeal or post-conviction petition requires trial counsel to properly preserve the issues on appeal. This is especially important because issues that are not properly preserved for appeal are forfeited and cannot be raised on appeal except for plain error.
Jaleel Law P.C. law is a precedent setting law firm led by Omer Jaleel a former appellate prosecutor. Mr. Jaleel has experience arguing before the appellate courts and he has been involved in multiple published opinions. Mr. Jaleel has helped create law that is now precedent for future cases throughout Illinois. Contact Jaleel Law P.C. to discuss how we can help in your appellate or post-conviction proceeding.
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