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The SDAP Way

A Passion for Justice

SDAP’s attitude toward the representation of indigents is that expressed in Von Moltke v. Gillies (1948) 332 U.S. 708:

“Undivided allegiance and faithful, devoted service to a client are prized traditions of the American lawyer. It is this kind of service for which the Sixth Amendment makes provision. And nowhere is this service deemed more honorable than in case of appointment to represent an accused too poor to hire a lawyer, even though the accused may be a member of an unpopular or hated group, or may be charged with an offense which is peculiarly abhorrent.” (Id., at pp. 725-726, fn. omitted.)

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News From The Director

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February 2021 Panel Alert

Dear Panel Attorneys:I hope this email finds you safe and well as we continue to march onthrough this pandemic. I appreciate everyone’s hard work and patience aswe deal with a reduced caseload and delayed records. I am optimistic thatthings will continue to improve.The letter below ...

Panel Alert Concerning Covid

This letter has several important updates on old claims, MCLEs, panelmanagement, and record delays. Please review.
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The Implication of People v. Stamps

Panel attorneys should be aware of the new decision in People v. Stamps (2020) 9 Cal.5th 685, which held that trying to obtain retroactive relief under new legislation after there has been a plea could result in undoing the plea bargain. The issue on review was whether ...
Practice Tools

Transferring Exhibits

Pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 8.224, there are two methods for transferring trial court exhibits to the Court of Appeal: (1) a designation can be filed in the trial court; or (2) a motion can be filed in the Court of Appeal. Based ...
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SDAP Resources

  • SDAP Manual

    SDAP Panel Manual, Compensation Manual, and Updates.

  • Research

    A comprehensive collection of key resources collected for SDAP panelists.

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    Statewide compensation policies and procedures

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  • Claims

    General Information, Rates and Guidelines, Forms, E-Claim Login.

  • CCAP MCLE Website

    Central California Appellate Program MCLE Training and Events.

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