The Capital Case Litigation Initiative is a Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) national training and technical assistance program that provides support to prosecutors nationwide on implementing improvements throughout the field of capital case litigation. APA focuses on four main implementation goals: first, to develop and apply model standards of practice and qualifications for state and local prosecutors; second, working to develop resources that minimize the potential for error in capital trials; third, providing TTA that specifically focuses on improved ethics standards, as well as each phase of a capital trial; and finally, utilizing training sessions, including onsite mentoring or technical assistance, cross-site or train-the-trainer, peer-to-peer, telephone, and web-based trainings, as well as a capital litigation list serv for prosecutors. The types of programming provided in this project include:

  • Regional trainings
  • Onsite pilot programs
  • Virtual training and webinars
  • To gain access to our webinar database, please register here.
  • Current resources on capital litigation improvement
    • Fact sheets
    • Handouts
    • Circuit comparisons
    • Death penalty/capital case resources
    • Listserv*
      * to join this listserv, please reach out to info@apainc.org.
Capital Litigation Committee

This project is supported by Grant No. 2018-CP-BX-K002 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the SMART Office, and the Office for Victims of Crime. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not represent the official position or policies of the United States Department of Justice.