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Petitioner filed a pro se petition for postconviction relief pursuant to Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.1. The petition contained a statement that the facts in the petition were true, correct, and complete, but the statement was not sworn before a notary or other officer authorized to administer oaths. The circuit court denied the petition. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the petition did not bear the sworn verification required by rule 37.1. Therefore, the petition did not act to confer jurisdiction on the trial court to consider the merits of the petition, and consequently, the appellate court also lacked jurisdiction.