SDAP is a law firm that does criminal and juvenile appeals for indigent clients in the San Jose area. We are not the court of appeal
SDAP Annual Seminar October 21 and 28, 2021
The annual SDAP Seminar will be held virtually on October 21 and 28 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. SDAP offers 4.5 hours of MCLE credit, including one hour of ethics.
Omission Letters in Santa Clara County.
In addition to the filing of an omission letter in the Santa Clara County Superior Court, counsel must also email a courtesy copy to the superior court appeals unit at firstname.lastname@example.org with a sujbect line that reads "COURTESY COPY re [trial court case name & number & title of document]." This is now required by Santa Clara County Superior Court Local Rules, Appellate Rule 3C.
New Clerk/Executive Officer in the Sixth District
Baltazar Vazquez was promoted to the position of the Clerk/Executive Officer of the Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District. Correspondence to the Court should be addressed to him.
Job Opportunity at CCAP
The Central California Appellate Program (CCAP) has a staff attorney position open for an attorney with a deep interest in criminal law and appellate practice.
Mandatory Form for Augment Motions
The Sixth District Court of Appeal requires the use of a form proposed order for all motions to augment the record. The pdf fillable proposed order must be used in civil appeals as well. It should be noted that an attorney can request an extension of time to file the opening brief of more than 15 days after the record is filed.
It is also important to note that the Court requests the form be submitted separately in the TrueFiling bundle and not attached to the augment motion. Please contact your SDAP buddy if you have any questions concerning the form.
Continuing COVID-19 Effects on SDAP
Effective August 2, 2021, about half of the SDAP staff is in the office Monday through Thursday. The office, however, remains closed to non-SDAP personnel.
SDAP staff otherwise continues to work remotely. Feel free to communicate by email. We hope everyone remains safe and healthy.
See the February 2021 panel alert concerning records and other matters.
CCAP's MCLE WEBSITE
Continuing COVID-19 Effects on the Courts
The Sixth District Court of Appeal also continues to operate. Oral argument is being conducted by video. For more information, see the court's website.
The pandemic has caused delays in producing appellate records, especially in cases from Santa Clara County, where much of the staff that handles records has been layed off because of budget cuts. If a panel attorney is experiencing significant record delays, please contact the SDAP buddy.
COURT OF APPEAL
Two Justices Appointed to Court of Appeal
The Governor has appointed to the Sixth District Court of Appeal Cynthia Lie and Charles Wilson II. Both have been judges in the Santa Clara County Superior Court. Both have recently been confirmed by the Commission on Judicial Appointments.
The email addressess for electronic service is available in the Directory under Practice Tools. For example, the Santa Clara DA Office has an email address for service, and it asks that the deputy DA who handled the matter also be served.