Senate Bill 1437: Frequently Asked Questions

Senate Bill 1437: Frequently Asked Questions

When does SB 1437 go into effect if Governor Brown signs it?
January 1, 2019 is the first day petitions can be submitted.

What is the petition and when will it become available?
The petition will be a one or two page sheet where the petitioner will answer a series of questions and write a declaration. The purpose of this is to show the courts that they qualify for re-sentencing under the bill. The petitioner may also request counsel at this time.

The petition is not yet available. It is expected to be available towards the end of the year, around November, and certainly before the bill goes into effect on January 1st.

How do I file and what forms will I need?
Once the petition becomes available, we will provide more direction and trainings. If you have any documentation that proves that you qualify under this bill, please begin gathering.

Once the petition becomes available, where can I get it?
The petition will be made available at

Should I get an attorney?
Upon the submission of the petition, the petitioner will have the opportunity to request counsel.

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