(a) If the court finds that there was such a denial or infringement of the rights of the prisoner as to render the judgment void or voidable, including a finding that trial counsel was ineffective on direct appeal, the court shall vacate and set aside the judgment or order a delayed appeal as provided in this part and shall enter an appropriate order and any supplementary orders that may be necessary and proper. Costs shall be taxed as in criminal cases.

Terms Used In Tennessee Code 40-30-111

  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
(b) Upon the final disposition of every petition, the court shall enter a final order, and except where proceedings for delayed appeal are allowed, shall set forth in the order or a written memorandum of the case all grounds presented, and shall state the findings of fact and conclusions of law with regard to each ground.
(c) Where the petitioner has court-appointed counsel, the court may require petitioner’s counsel to file a verified statement of dates and times counsel has consulted with petitioner, and this statement shall become a part of the record.
(d) The court shall rule within sixty (60) days of conclusion of the proof. The deadline shall not be extended by agreement, and the deadline may be extended only by order of the court based upon a finding that unforeseeable circumstances render a continuance a manifest necessity. An extension shall not exceed thirty (30) days. Final disposition of a capital case must be made within one (1) year of the filing of the petition. Copies of all orders extending deadlines in capital cases shall be sent to the administrative office of the courts. The administrative office of the courts shall report annually to the general assembly on the compliance by the courts within the time limits established for capital cases and the reason for noncompliance, if any.

(1) By December 1, 2009, and every December 1 thereafter, the administrative office of the courts shall complete the compliance report required by subsection (d) and submit the report to the chief clerks of the house of representatives and the senate and the chairs of the criminal justice committee of the house of representatives and the judiciary committee of the senate.
(2) The administrative office of the courts, in consultation with the district attorneys general conference, the office of the post-conviction defender and the district public defenders conference, shall review the annual compliance report to determine if the time period for the final disposition of post-conviction petitions in capital cases set out in subsection (d) is a realistic time period for providing a thorough and meaningful review of the claims and making a final disposition of them. If it is determined that the statutory period for final disposition of the petitions is not realistic, the administrative office of the courts shall determine a realistic and attainable time period and submit it to the legislature as provided in subdivision (e)(1).
(3) The review and determination of a realistic time period for the conclusion of post-convictions petitions required by subdivision (e)(2) shall be made by December 1, 2009, and every December 1 thereafter.