The Office of Capital and Forensic Writs ("OCFW") is a Texas
state public defender office located in Austin, Texas that
represents individuals in state post-conviction litigation.
The OCFW, then known as the Office of Capital Writs, opened
its doors in 2010, representing death-sentenced persons in state
post-conviction proceedings exclusively. On September 1, 2015, the
scope of the Office's mission expanded to include the
representation of a select number of individuals raising challenges
to their convictions through forensic science writs, and its name
changed to reflect the expanded mandate.
The OCFW represents a substantial majority of persons sentenced
to death in Texas in initial state habeas corpus applications and
related proceedings, and is committed to client-centered and
excellent post-conviction representation, consistent with the
Guidelines and Standards for Texas Capital Counsel and the
Supplementary Guidelines and Standards for the Mitigation Function
of Defense Teams in Texas Death Penalty Cases adopted by the State
Bar of Texas.