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Office of Criminal Appeals

​​​​The Office of Criminal Appeals rep​​​resents the Commonwealth of Kentucky in defending felony convictions, including those in which the death penalty has been imposed, when those convictions are attacked in state or federal court. While initial felony prosecutions are handled by the local Commonwealth's Attorneys, under Kentucky law our office is charged with preparing briefs and presenting arguments in front of any state or federal court hearing a challenge to a felony conviction. This Office works with local prosecutors to see that justice is served in these cases and to insure that lawfully imposed sentences are carried out. The citizens of Kentucky and the families of the victims deserve no less.


State Court links

Kentucky Supreme Court

Kentucky Court of Appeals

Kentucky Department of Corrections


​Federal Court links

Supreme Court of the United States

United States Court of Appeals

US District Court — Western District of Kentucky

US District Court — Eastern District of Kentucky

Vickie WiseVickie L. Wise heads the Office of Criminal Appeals. Wise worked at the Office of the Attorney General from 1987-2008. She served as an assistant attorney general in the Office of Criminal Appeals, representing the Commonwealth in post-conviction criminal litigation in state and federal courts; as director of the Office of Victims Advocacy acting as chair, by proxy on behalf of the Attorney General, for the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Board that administers the Child Victims Trust Fund; and as the director of the Office of Administrative Services that manages the fiscal and operational aspects of the Attorney General’s Office. Wise served as g​eneral counsel for the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet from 2008-2014 and as deputy secretary of the cabinet from 2014 until October of 2015. Wise received her juris doctor from the University of Kentucky, and bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics from Murray State University.