How to Apply for Help

In order for a case to be considered by NCIP, a potential client must meet all of the following basic criteria:

  • The person must be actually innocent of the crimes for which he or she is convicted
  • There must be a significant chance that substantial new evidence may be found to support a claim of innocence
  • The person must have been convicted in a Central or Northern California state court of a serious felony

To be considered by NCIP for representation, the person seeking assistance must submit an Initial Screening Questionnaire (Spanish Version here).  The document must be fully completed in order to be reviewed and evaluated by NCIP. Please send the completed document directly to NCIP at:

  • Northern California Innocence Project
    500 El Camino Real
    Santa Clara, CA 95053

NCIP is not equipped to handle case applications or inquiries by email or over the phone. All case submissions and follow-up correspondence will be handled by mail.

Please be aware that NCIP’s initial investigation can take up to 36 months to complete.  Please do not call the NCIP office to inquire about the status of an application. NCIP does not have the staff to handle phone calls and they only slow down the review of applications.