Course Description

This course provides a a look at the Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) process and practice.  Topics include: 

  • Timing
  • Who can file
  • Eligibility
  • Errors as grounds for PCRA relief
  • Exceptions to timeliness requirements
  • Practice pointers


This course includes video recorded from a live presentation for the Lycoming Law Association

Your purchase includes access to the course and course materials for 90 days.


CLE Credit:

1.0 PA Substantive CLE

This course contains approximately 60 minutes of content, all of which is required for course completion.  

Your certificate of completion will be issued automatically after all elements of the course have been viewed/completed.  Credits will be reported to the CLE Board within 30 days of your completion of the course and your completion date will be reported as the day on which you actually finished the course.


Minimum System Requirements:

This course includes downloads of PDF documents (Portable Document Format) and streaming video. Viewing the documents will require Adobe Acrobat Reader or other PDF viewing software.  Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free from the Adobe website.

The video player will run on Mac OS, Windows and Linux as well as most mobile devices and tablets on any browser that supports Adobe Flash and/or HTML5.  Supported browsers include Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 9,10,11, and Microsoft Edge.  Internet Explorer 8 is not supported on Windows XP for security reasons, but is supported on Windows 7 or higher operating systems.

An internet connection with a minimum speed of 768 kilobits per second is required.  At least 5MB/sec is recommended to stream video in full HD quality.  Please note that the video player may downgrade the quality of the video to accommodate lower connection speeds.

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Course Presenter

  • Donald F. Martino, Esq.

    Donald F. Martino, Esq.

    Following graduation from Penn State University School of Law, Donald F. Martino served as a prosecutor in the Lycoming County District Attorney's Office, focusing on the prosecution of major felonies - including sex offenses against both adults and children - and heading the Lycoming County Sex Offender Task Force.

    Attorney Martino left the District Attorney's Office in 2004 and has since focused his practice on the defense of persons facing criminal charges; having defended those accused of offenses ranging from traffic offenses and Driving Under the Influence all the way through those accused of First Degree Murder. Attorney Martino is not one to back down from a battle having seen clients through jury trials in both State and Federal Court.

    Attorney Martino has been admitted to the bar in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    Course Content
    • How to Navigate This Course
    • Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Course Outline
    • Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA): Text of Act
    • Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) Part One
    • Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) Part Two
    • Course Evaluation (Required)