News from the Director

FDAP Panel Alert 2018-15

Nov. 12, 2018

  • (MS) Word is the Word
  • TrueFiling Fees Not Waived in the First District
  • Receipts Policy

Word is the Word

Trendsetters that we are at FDAP, we are jumping on the Microsoft Word bandwagon which took off not quite 30 years ago. WordPerfect, after all, peaked in market share in 1990 (just shy of 50% at the time) and was overtaken by Word in 1991, and has had less than 10% of the market share since 1994. So, yes MS Word is now FDAP's word processing program of choice. What does that mean for panel attorneys? Very little. Maybe nothing.  For now, we still have WordPerfect loaded on our network and can review WP documents. 

The bottom line:
  • if you prefer Word, send your drafts to us in Word 
  • if you prefer WP, you can continue to send your drafts to us in WP, but consider that Word is better suited than WP for redlining and commenting, is a much more stable program, and more and more of our staff attorneys are native Word users. 
  • keep an eye out for our Google Docs transition in 2041


TrueFiling Fees NOT Waived in First District

While the Second District Court of Appeal is waiving TrueFiling fees for court-appointed counsel, the fees are not waived in the First District. The fees remain reimbursable on your compensation claims. 

We hope that someday the fees will be waived, but we have made inquiries and do not expect that to happen soon. 

Receipts Policy

The Appellate Court Services unit of the Judicial Council of California has issued the following policy statement regarding the retention of receipts in connection with compensation claims for appointed appeals:

The Judicial Council (JC) of California has informed the Project Offices that counsel in the California Appellate Counsel Program (CAC) must retain documentation for claimed expenses. Documentation includes, but is not limited to, invoices, receipts, copying and mileage logs, and other record that support claims for expenses. Although documentation need not be submitted with a fee claim, the projects or the JC may request documentation with regard to expenses claimed. The burden of proof rests with appointed counsel to substantiate their claims. For tax purposes, the California Franchise Tax Board suggests keeping such documentation for at least seven (7) years, which would also cover audits of the CAC program.









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