What Is a 2254 Federal Habeas Corpus Petition?

FAQs, Habeas Proceedings

A person who is in custody under a state court judgment may challenge his or her conviction in federal court on the ground that there was a violation of his or her federal constitutional rights. It is called a 2254 petition because the statute governing federal habeas petitions challenging state court judgments is 28 U.S.C. section 2254.