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DOJ/OJP RIN: 1121-AA74 Publication ID: Fall 2007 
Title: Certification Process for State Capital Counsel Systems 
Abstract: The USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 instructs the Attorney General to promulgate regulations to implement certification procedures for States seeking to qualify for the expedited Federal habeas corpus review procedures in capital cases under chapter 154 of title 28, United States Code. The benefits of chapter 154 are available to States that establish a mechanism for providing counsel to indigent capital defendants in State postconviction proceedings that satisfies certain statutory requirements. This rule carries out the Act¬ís requirement of issuing regulations for the certification procedure. 
Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 28 CFR 26   
Legal Authority: 5 USC 301    28 USC 509    28 USC 510    PL 109-177   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/06/2007  72 FR 31217   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/06/2007    
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  08/09/2007  72 FR 44816   
Reopened Comment Period End  09/24/2007    
Final Action  04/00/2008    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Danica Szarvas-Kidd
Senior Policy Advisor for Adjudication, Bureau of Justice Assistance
Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 7th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20531
Phone:202 305-7418
Email: ojp_fed_reg_comments@usdoj.gov