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(Updated 5/21/2003 in accordance with 2003 OK CR 9)
(Updated 1/31/2008 in accordance with 2008 OK CR 5)


Rule 5.2 Appeal from Final Judgment

A. Final Judgment on Post-Conviction Application. The appeal to this Court under the Post-Conviction Procedure Act constitutes an appeal from the issues raised, the record, and findings of fact and conclusions of law made in the District Court in non-capital cases. See Yingst v. State, 480 P.2d 276, 277 (Okl.Cr.1971). For appeal out of time see Rule 2.1(E).

B. Stay of Execution of Judgment Pending Appeal. The District Court may stay the execution of its judgment upon the filing of a verified motion to stay execution of the judgment pending appeal within ten (10) days from the date of the entry of the judgment. If the motion is granted, the party granted the stay shall file a certified copy of the petition in error in the District Court within five (5) days after the filing of the petition in error in this Court to ensure the District Court is notified of the perfecting of the appeal. See Section 1087 of Title 22. For capital cases, see Section IX of these Rules and Section 1089 of Title 22.

C. Petition in Error, Briefs and Record.

(1) The party desiring to appeal from the final order of the District Court under Section V of these Rules MUST file a Notice of Post-Conviction Appeal with the Clerk of the District Court within ten (10) days from the date the order is filed in the District Court. See Rule 9.7 for post-conviction procedures in capital cases.

(2) A petition in error and supporting brief, WITH A CERTIFIED COPY OF THE ORDER ATTACHED must be filed with the Clerk of this Court. The petition in error shall state the date and in what District Court the Notice of Post-Conviction Appeal was filed. If the post conviction appeal arises from a misdemeanor or regular felony conviction, the required documents must be filed within thirty (30) days from the date the final order of the District Court is filed with the Clerk of the District Court. If post-conviction application is from a capital conviction, the documents must be filed within the time set in Section 1089 of Title 22 and Rule 9.7.

(3) The brief shall not exceed thirty (30) typewritten 8-1/2 by 11-inch pages in length. See Rule 9.7 (A)(4) for page limits in capital cases.

(4) This Court may direct the other party to file an answer brief, if necessary. However, the respondent is not required to file an answer brief unless directed by the Court.

(5) Failure to file a petition in error, with a brief, within the time provided, is jurisdictional and shall constitute a waiver of right to appeal and a procedural bar for this Court to consider the appeal.

(6) The record on appeal of a denial of post-conviction relief shall be transmitted by the Clerk of the District Court in accordance with the procedure set forth in Rule 2.3(B), but within the time requirements set forth in Rule 5.3. The record to be compiled by the Clerk of the District Court and transmitted to the Clerk of this Court is limited to the following:

(a) The Application for Post-Conviction Relief presented to the District Court and response, if filed by the State;

(b) The Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law entered by the District Court, setting out the specific portions of the record and transcripts considered by the District Court in reaching its decision or setting forth whether the decision was based on the pleadings presented, and which includes a certificate of mailing. See Rule 5.3;

(c) The record of the evidentiary hearing conducted, if held;

(d) Supporting evidence presented to the District Court;

(e) Copies of those portions of the record and transcripts considered by the District Court in adjudicating the issues presented in the application for post-conviction relief as set forth in the findings of fact and conclusions of law entered by the District Court; and

(f) A certified copy of the Notice of Post-Conviction Appeal filed in the trial court.

PROVIDED HOWEVER, in capital cases the clerk of the District Court shall file the records as required by this Court in accordance with Section 1089 of Title 22 and Section IX, if this Court directs an evidentiary hearing to be held.

(7) Rule 3.11 applies to any request to supplement the record in an appeal of a denial of post-conviction relief in non-capital cases, to include allegations of ineffective assistance of appellate counsel.

(8) The party filing the petition in error shall be known as the petitioner. The party against whom the appeal is taken shall be known as the respondent.

(9) The Notice of Post-Conviction Appeal Form required by Rule 5.2(C)(1) shall be in substantial compliance with the following language:

The Petitioner gives notice of intent to appeal the order granting/denying application for post-conviction relief entered in the District Court of __________ County, on the ______ day of ________, 20__, arising from District Court Case No. ________. The Petitioner requests the preparation of the record on appeal as required by Rule 5.2(C)(6).

(10) Form 13.4, Section XIII, shall not be utilized in appeals from a granting/denial of post-conviction relief and the Clerk of the District Court shall not be required to accept for filing or act upon any pleading which does not comply with Rule 5.2 (C)(6) and (9).


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