Panel Attorney Guide

Applying to the Panel

FDAP trains and oversees a panel of approximately 300 attorneys who are appointed by the Court of Appeal to represent indigent parties in criminal, delinquency, dependency, and civil commitment appeals. Most panel attorneys are solo practitioners or employed by small firms. Click here for information about applying to the panel.

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Panel Attorney Policies & Procedures

Our panel attorney policies and procedures guide provides detailed information on the obligations of panel attorneys and the support and supervision provided by FDAP.


Appeal Checklist

The appeals checklist lists the steps that appellate counsel should generally follow. Counsel should review the checklist before each new case and refer to it throughout the appeal. The list is meant only as a general guide. Counsel will have to exercise independent judgment in every case.


Panel Alerts

May 2, 2023

May 2023 Panel Bulletin

Read on for a post-seminar thank you from FDAP, important information about electronic records, the 2023 edition of CALCRIM, First District… more

March 21, 2023

FDAP’s Annual Seminar: In-Person on April 14, 2023!

Join us on Friday, April 14, 2023 at Preservation Park for FDAP’s annual training seminar. See your colleagues in person,… more


Locating and Contacting a Person in Custody