Certification Process for State Capital Counsel Systems
On June 6, 2007, the Department of Justice published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, 72 FR 31217, concerning a process for certifying state systems for providing counsel to indigent capital defendants. That rulemaking was issued pursuant to section 507 of the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act. The original 60-day comment period expired on August 6, 2007. The Department is reopening the comment period for an additional 45-day period.