Pursuant to your request after your trial, appellate defense counsel has been assigned. This attorney will carefully review your record of trial to ascertain whether errors or other matters exist which may be beneficial to your appeal. Your appeal is generally limited to matters indicated in the record of trial and related papers which have already been sent to this office. It is not necessary that you provide your appellate defense attorney with additional information: however, if you do have information relating to your appeal which you desire to discuss with counsel you may contact your appellate counsel by phone or by written correspondence (see phone number and address on the Contact Us page).
DO NOT DELAY. Court rules at each appellate level require the prompt filing of any pleadings for consideration on your behalf. Personal statements that you want to submit to the court should be sworn to before a notary public or include the language "I, (NAME), (SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER), do hereby make the following declaration under penalty of perjury pursuant to 28 U.S.C. Section 1746." Any additional matter must be sent to your appellate counsel early enough to ensure court-filing deadlines can be met. Your failure to expeditiously communicate with your appellate counsel could result in your appellate counsel being unable to include such matters before the court's deadline. Time suspense's are strictly enforced by the court.
Appellate defense counsel will read your entire record of trial and research any applicable law. If any issues are discovered in your case, then a written brief will be submitted to AFCCA. If your appellate defense counsel cannot find any matters upon which to raise issues to the court, your case will still be forwarded to AFCCA so that the court may consider your case on its merits. Even when a case is submitted on its "merits," AFCCA independently reads the entire record of trial. If they identify any issues, they may decide those matters and may even specify issues back to be briefed.
AFCCA is composed of active duty Air Force officers. The Court will ultimately make a decision in your case. It may reverse a portion of the trial court's decision. Alternatively, AFCCA may uphold or affirm the trial court's verdict and sentence in part or total.