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UNC School of Government

Post-Conviction Proceedings for Superior Court Judges

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This course will focus on post-conviction proceedings. After this course, judges will be able to effectively rule on issues that arise after conviction in a criminal case. The course is a small-group, skills-based training in which judges will actively participate. The following topics will be covered during this course: Procedural issues related to motions for appropriate relief Substantive claims such as ineffective assistance of counsel and sentencing errors Post-conviction sex offender registration proceedings Habeas corpus Post-conviction DNA testing Expunctions and certificates of relief

Topics - Courts and Judicial Administration

  • Criminal Law and Procedure
  • Post-conviction

Who should attend

  • Public Officials - Courts and Judicial Administration Roles
  • Superior Court Judges
  • Emergency Judges
  • Resident and Special
  • Senior Residents


Jessica Smith came to the School of Government in 2000, after practicing law at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., and clerking for Judge W. Earl Britt on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina and for Judge J. Dickson Phillips Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeal...