About SDAP
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.

Justice Rushing Resigns
Conrad L. Rushing resigned from the Court of Appeal, effective December 4, 2017. He had been the presiding justice since 2003. Justice Franklin D. Elia is serving as acting presiding justice until a successor is named by the Governor.


TrueFiling in the Sixth District Court of Appeal TrueFilng is now mandatory in the Sixth District Court of Appeal.


SDAP Annual Seminar April 20, 2018
SDAP's annual seminar will be April 20, 2018 in San Francisco.

New Local Rule on Transcripts
Code of Civil Procedure section 271 was enacted, effective January 1, 2018, to permit electronic transcripts instead of paper transcripts. This is potentially a problem in criminal appeals where a paper copy must be provided defendants in custody. The Sixth District Court of Appeal adopted Local Rule 3, effective February 13, 2018, requiring a paper copy of the transcripts for felony defendants. The local rule does not affect transcripts in juvenile cases. Panel attorneys would be reimbursed for printing one transcript for the client when there is only an electronic copy.

Upcoming Seminars
The FDAP seminar will be February 9, 2018 in San Francisco. The CADC seminar will be March 23 and 24, 2018 at the SFO Bayfront Hilton. Sign up for the seminars:



Mandatory Form for Augment Motions
Starting November 13, 2017, the Sixth District Court of Appeal will require the use of a form proposed order for all motions to augment the record. Until then, the form is voluntary. The pdf fillable proposed order must be used in civil appeals as well. Reportedly, there have been problems with how attorneys have filled out the form.



Electronical Filing Required at U.S. S.Ct.
Starting November 13, 2017, counsel will be required to submit an electronic version of papers filed in the United Supreme Court. This process is different from TrueFiling and the system used in the lower federal courts. Because it can take a few days or a week for enrollment in electronic filing to be approved, counsel is urged to apply well in advance of any deadline for filing a document.


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