It is a prosecutor’s duty to protect the innocent before,
during, and after a trial. When confronted with a specific claim of innocence
in an open case, Deputy District Attorneys must notify their supervisor to
address any concerns about the integrity of the case promptly.
The Conviction Review Unit (CRU) reviews and
investigates post-conviction claims of innocence and makes recommendations to
the District Attorney about the disposition of those claims. When confronted
with a claim of innocence in a closed case, Deputy District Attorneys must
notify the CRU. The CRU handles all applications for conviction review from
members of the public.
The CRU consists of a Conviction Review Unit Chief and a Conviction Review
Committee. The CRU consults with a Conviction Review Panel, which reviews
qualifying applications and makes recommendations.
The Conviction Review Unit Chief organizes the work of the CRU and
leads all re-investigations of cases as necessary.
The Conviction Review Committee is comprised of senior members of the District
The Conviction Review Panel consists
of five leading criminal justice experts outside of the Office, who participate
in the review of past convictions and make recommendations to the District
- Retired Justice Christine Durham
- Retired Justice Judith Atherton
- Former Prosecutor Robert Stott
- Defense Attorney Gilbert Athay
- Reverend France Davis
Policy and Procedure
Conviction Integrity Application