Alabama Rules of Criminal Procedure
Rule 32. Post-conviction remedies
Rule 32.6. Commencement of proceedings
(a) FORM, FILING, AND SERVICE OF PETITION. A proceeding under this rule is commenced by filing a petition, verified by the petitioner or the petitioner’s attorney, with the clerk of the court. A petition may be filed at any time after entry of judgment and sentence (subject to the provisions of Rule 32.2(c)). The petition should be filed by using or following the form accompanying this rule. If that form is not used or followed, the court shall return the petition to the petitioner to be amended to comply with the form. The petition shall be accompanied by two copies thereof. It shall also be accompanied by the filing fee prescribed by law or rule in civil cases in the circuit court unless the petitioner applies for and is given leave to prosecute the petition in forma pauperis. If the petitioner desires to prosecute the petition in forma pauperis, he or she shall file the “In Forma Pauperis Declaration” at the end of the form. In all such cases, the petition shall also be accompanied by a certificate of the warden or other appropriate officer of the institution in which the petitioner is confined, stating the amount of money or securities on deposit to the petitioner’s credit in any account in the institution for the previous twelve (12) months, which certificate may be considered by the court in acting upon the petitioner’s application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. If the application to proceed in forma pauperis is granted, the filing fee shall initially be waived, but may be assessed as provided in Rule 32.7(e). Upon receipt of the petition and the filing fee, or an order granting leave to the petitioner to proceed in forma pauperis, the clerk shall file the petition and promptly send a copy to the district attorney (or, in the case of a petition filed in the municipal court, to the municipal prosecutor).
(b) SPECIFICITY. Each claim in the petition must contain a clear and specific statement of the grounds upon which relief is sought, including full disclosure of the factual basis of those grounds. A bare allegation that a constitutional right has been violated and mere conclusions of law shall not be sufficient to warrant any further proceedings.
(c) NOTIFICATION OF APPELLATE COURT. If an appeal of the petitioner’s conviction is pending, the clerk shall also promptly send a copy of the petition to the appropriate appellate court, noting in the record the date and manner by which it is sent.
(d) ASSIGNMENT OF JUDGE. The proceeding shall be assigned to the sentencing judge where possible, but for good cause the proceeding may be assigned or transferred to another judge.
[Amended 8-1-2002; Amended eff. 11-28-2012.]
Note from the reporter of decisions: The order amending Rule 32.6(a), effective August 1, 2002, is published in that volume of Alabama Reporter that contains Alabama cases from 810 So.2d.
Note from the reporter of decisions: The order amending, effective November 28, 2012, Rule 18.4(g) and Rule 32.6 and adopting, effective November 28, 2012, Rule 32.7(e) and the Committee Comments to Rule 18.4(g) Effective November 28, 2012, are published in that volume of Alabama Reporter that contains Alabama cases from ___ So. 3d.