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Criminal Appeal Notification System

AGOVA strives to keep all victims updated on the appeals process.  We want victims to know if the case is appealed, there is someone who cares and who will keep them informed on the status of the appeal.  In order for AGOVA to do that, victims who choose to be updated on the appeals process MUST register their contact information with AGOVA.  There are several ways to register – online, by phone, fax or email.  Click here to register or call us at 1-800-626-7676 to submit your information.

AGOVA notifies victims of violent crimes when oral arguments are to be held before the State Court of Criminal Appeals and the State Supreme Court.  If the victim or victim’s representative would like to attend the hearing, AGOVA staff members accompany them to assist in interpreting and explaining the proceedings.  When appellant court decisions are made, AGOVA notifies victims of the decision and advises them of any further action that will be taken by the Attorney General’s Office.

The typical stages in a criminal case, including each type of appeal, are listed below.  AGOVA keeps up with the status of the appeal on each level, and can assist victims at any point by providing information and support.

Typical Stages of a Criminal Case

Stage One - the trial and direct appeal

Circuit Court (Trial)
Court of Criminal Appeals
Alabama Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court

Stage Two - challenges to state law in first state - post stage

Circuit Court (Rule 32 Hearing): Ineffectiveness of Counsel
Court of Criminal Appeals
Alabama Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court 

Stage Three - challenges to federal law in second state – post conviction stage

Federal District Court
U.S. Court of Appeals (Eleventh Circuit)
U.S. Supreme Court