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mission statement

Central California Appellate Program (CCAP) is a nonprofit law office, created pursuant to California Rules of Court, rule 8.300(e), serving the Third and Fifth District Courts of Appeal (external links), and dedicated to improving the quality of indigent representation in criminal, juvenile, dependency and mental health appeals.

Under a contract with the courts, CCAP provides administrative services to those courts, varying degrees of assistance to appointed counsel, and direct legal representation to indigent appellants under appointment order from those courts. CCAP notifies qualifying indigent parties of the right to counsel, classifies attorneys and cases, selects and recommends to the courts the appointment of the attorney in each case, and provides training and resource materials to the panel attorneys. Our program is modeled on similar ones in other appellate districts.

CCAP was established in 1987 and is located in Sacramento, California.