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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.) Read more.

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News From The Director

FDAP Seminar April 26

The FDAP Annual In-Person Seminar will be on April 26, 2024 at Preservation Park in Oakland. There will be criminal and dependency breakout sessions, a keynote speaker, lunch, and the opportunity to connect with colleagues. Approximately 5 hours of MCLE credit, including appellate and criminal ...
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CADC Annual Conference

Registration is now open for CADC's Annual Conference and Seminar March 22-23, 2024, which will be held virtually again this year. The two-day conference will be filled with informative and inspiring presentations, including the Project Directors Roundtable, a report from CADC's lobbyist, and criminal and ...

Proofs of Service With No-Issue Briefs

SDAP has been informed by the Court of Appeal that in several, recent cases – particularly in juvenile cases – the Court has had difficulties getting the client’s address to send the client the standard letter advising them of their rights when a no-issue brief ...

File Omission Letter in 6DCA

When filing an omission letter in the superior court, the Sixth District Court of Appeal requires the letter be filed and served on the Court of Appeal through TrueFiling. It is not enough to just serve the Court of Appeal. If the letter is only ...

Mandatory Forms for EOTs

Parties are required to use the Judicial Council’s standardized forms when requesting extensions of time in the Sixth District. Attorneys might have their EOTs rejected if the form is not used. If you have any questions, please reach out to your staff attorney buddy. An ...

Review Petitions Should Always be Filed as Criminal Cases

Recently, we have seen some dependency panel attorneys face difficulty in utilizing Truefiling to file review petitions in the California Supreme Court. When initiating a new case by filing an original petition – including a writ petition or petition for review – select “File” and ...
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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Mandatory Form for Augment Motions

All motions to augment the record filed in the Sixth District Court of Appeal on or after November 13, 2017 must be accompanied by the court's fillable standard order form that can be found here. The court has given us the following guidance regarding three aspects of ...

FDAP Seminar April 26

The FDAP Annual In-Person Seminar will be on April 26, 2024 at Preservation Park in Oakland. There will be criminal and dependency breakout sessions, a keynote speaker, lunch, and the opportunity to connect with colleagues. Approximately 5 hours of MCLE credit, including appellate and criminal specialization, will be provided. Until April 1, registration will be […]

CADC Annual Conference

Registration is now open for CADC’s Annual Conference and Seminar March 22-23, 2024, which will be held virtually again this year. The two-day conference will be filled with informative and inspiring presentations, including the Project Directors Roundtable, a report from CADC’s lobbyist, and criminal and dependency break-out sessions. The seminar provides up to 9.0 hours […]

Proofs of Service With No-Issue Briefs

SDAP has been informed by the Court of Appeal that in several, recent cases – particularly in juvenile cases – the Court has had difficulties getting the client’s address to send the client the standard letter advising them of their rights when a no-issue brief has been filed on their behalf. In a few cases, […]

File Omission Letter in 6DCA

When filing an omission letter in the superior court, the Sixth District Court of Appeal requires the letter be filed and served on the Court of Appeal through TrueFiling. It is not enough to just serve the Court of Appeal. If the letter is only served on the Court of Appeal, the court might miss […]

Mandatory Forms for EOTs

Parties are required to use the Judicial Council’s standardized forms when requesting extensions of time in the Sixth District. Attorneys might have their EOTs rejected if the form is not used. If you have any questions, please reach out to your staff attorney buddy. An unlocked version of the form in criminal cases can be […]

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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.

  • Practice Tools

    Filing Requirements, Directory, Appellate Practice, Motions, Briefs and Petitions.

  • News

    Stay current with news related to issues impacting SDAP.

  • Compensation Manual

    Statewide compensation policies and procedures

  • Samples

    Letters, Motions and Briefs in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.

  • 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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