2003 Guideline 10.14

GUIDELINE 10.14 – DUTIES OF TRIAL COUNSEL AFTER CONVICTION

A. Trial counsel should be familiar with all state and federal post-conviction options available to the client. Trial counsel should discuss with the client the post-conviction procedures that will or may follow imposition of the death sentence.

B. Trial counsel should take whatever action(s), such as filing a notice of appeal, and/or motion for a new trial, will maximize the client’s ability to obtain post-conviction relief.

C. Trial counsel should not cease acting on the client’s behalf until successor counsel has entered the case or trial counsel’s representation has been formally terminated. Until that time, Guideline 10.15 applies in its entirety.

D. Trial counsel should take all appropriate action to ensure that the client obtains successor counsel as soon as possible.

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