Pro Se Resources

The following resources are provided for those who need assistance with self-representation (filing "pro se").  We make every effort to ensure that these resources are up to date, but users should review the current versions of all applicable statutes, rules, and regulations. We welcome feedback on the content of these packets. Please direct comments to James Foley.

Appellate Rule 26B

What should I do if I lost my appeal and I think my appellate attorney should have raised different issues?

Delayed Appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court

What should I do if I didn’t appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court on time?

Rules of Practice of The Supreme Court of Ohio

The following Rules of Practice of the Supreme Court of Ohio include all amendments adopted and effective through July 22, 2015, and apply to practice and procedure in cases before the Supreme Court of Ohio.
Appendices following the rules include prescribed forms and samples of the types of documents most commonly filed in the Supreme Court. The samples are included to illustrate to attorneys and litigants the proper form to be used for documents filed in the Supreme Court. To ensure compliance with the rules, the complete text of the relevant rules should also be reviewed before documents are submitted for filing.
Filings may be made by delivering the documents in person or by mail addressed to the clerk of the Supreme Court at:  65 S. Front St., Columbus, OH 43215.

Postconviction Packet

The postconviction statutes provide a way to attack a conviction when a defendant claims a denial of a constitutional right that could void the defendant’s conviction. If the denial of the constitutional right is clear from the court files, transcript, and trial exhibits, the issue should be raised in your direct appeal and cannot be raised in a postconviction petition. Postconviction claims are based solely on evidence not found in the record. An example of a postconviction claim would be that your attorney did not present evidence or a witness which could have proved that you were innocent.
To get postconviction relief, you must have the evidence to prove the claimed constitutional violations. You must provide evidence, usually in the form of affidavits, showing that you are entitled to postconviction relief. The trial judge will not order a hearing unless the postconviction petition, the supporting affidavits, and the court file and records demonstrate substantial grounds for relief.

House Bill 86 Update Packet

In the summer of 2011, the governor signed House Bill 86 (HB 86) which resulted in several changes to the law. This law became effective on September 30, 2011. Portions of the law apply only to those who committed crimes on or after that date. Other portions apply to all inmates.

Judicial Release Packet

This packet is designed for an inmate filing his or her own motion for judicial release. You will not need the packet if you already have an attorney. This packet is intended only as an introduction to the judicial release process. More detailed information can be obtained by reading Revised Code 2929.20 in the law library.

Prison Legal Packet

Fast and Speedy Trial Packet

Two laws allow an Ohio inmate to request a speedy disposition of a pending, untried charge. The process for making the demand is the same under either the Fast and Speedy Trial Act or the Interstate Agreement on Detainers. Both laws require the pending charge to be dismissed if the prosecution has not been initiated within 180 days of receipt of the demand for disposition.
This packet is designed for an inmate to demand the speedy disposition of criminal charges currently pending against him or her in an Ohio court, the court of another state, or a federal court.