How Is Federal Habeas Corpus Different Than an Appeal in State Court?

FAQs, Habeas Proceedings

If you were convicted in state court, you have an automatic right to an appeal in the state court of appeal. You have a right to appointed counsel, and the state court will consider any issues raised by you and your attorney. When you file a federal habeas petition, you may only raise issues related to constitutional violations, and you have no right to the assistance of counsel.