7 Receive the Gerald Z. Marer Award

Maureen Fox, Patricia Lai, J. Wilder Lee, Jennifer Mannix, Jennifer Peabody, Sara Ruddy, and Victoria Safford were awarded the Gerald Z. Marer award for panel excellence in 2024. They were assigned a seven codefendant case. The jury returned verdicts for murder, assault with a deadly weapon, and gang enhancements. The appeal lasted eight years, and […]

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Help Wanted

The Sixth District Appellate Program is looking to hire two new staff attorneys with start dates in July. SDAP contracts with the state to provide administrative services to the Sixth District Court of Appeal and to assist court-appointed counsel in felony, delinquency, dependency, and mental health appeals. Duties of a staff attorney include directly representing

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Mandatory Form for Augment Motions

There is now an updated form proposed order for augment motions. All motions to augment the record filed in the Sixth District Court of Appeal must be accompanied by the court’s fillable standard order form that can be found here. For civil cases, use this form. The court has given us the following guidance regarding three aspects

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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

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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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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 follow the on-screen prompts for making a submission. Very important

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TrueFiling in the Sixth District

The Sixth District Court of Appeal requires electronic filing through TrueFiling. If you have not already done so, you must register with TrueFiling to electronically file documents in the court of appeal. TrueFiling is a private vendor that has contracted with the state to facilitate the electronic filing system. There is a fee for using TrueFiling, but

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Petitions for Review When the Habeas Petition is Discussed in the Opinion

California Rules of Court, rule 28(d) provides that two separate petitions for review are required when the Court of Appeal denies an appeal and a habeas petition “without issuing an order to show cause and without formally consolidating the two proceedings, . . . .” As a matter of course, the Sixth District Court of

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