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Reminder: Requests for Preauthorization for Habeas Work Must Be Sent to CCAP First

In both the Third and Fifth District Courts of Appeal, appointed counsel must move to expand the appointment to seek compensation for all writ petition work, including habeas corpus, mandamus, and certiorari.

In both the Third District and Fifth District, expansion requests must be submitted to CCAP first for project input and a recommendation to the court. Counsel should not file expansion requests directly in the Court of Appeal. For more information on the procedures for obtaining preauthorization, see CCAP's article on Preauthorization Steps and Procedures.


SDAP Annual Seminar
Friday May 1, 2020

SDAP will host its annual training on Friday May 1, 2020, at the Judicial Council's conference center in San Francisco. An application requesting four hours of MCLE credit for this activity (including one hour for ethics) is pending for approval by the State Bar of California. Reservations must be received by April 21, 2020.

Additional details about the training and instructions for registering are included in the event brochure, which is available here.




New CCAP Webpage with COVID-19 Updates

CCAP has created a new webpage for COVID-19 announcements. Going forward, we will use this webpage to communicate COVID-19 updates from our courts (as we learn about them) and CCAP. Please refer to this webpage and to the courts' homepages for updates on this developing situation.

Some highlights (go to the COVID-19 announcement webpage for more details):

--The Third District issued an order extending time by 30 days.

--The Third District cancelled oral arguments for the month of April.

--The Fifth District issued an order extending time by 30 days.

--The Fifth District has suspended in-person oral arguments until further notice.

--The California Supreme Court (CSC) issued an order extending deadlines for 30 days.

--The CSC expanded electronic filing via TrueFiling, and no paper copies should be sent to the court.

--The CSC has suspended in-person oral arguments until further notice.


Staff Attorney Job Announcement

CCAP is now accepting applications for a staff attorney position. The job announcement, which includes instructions for submitting an application, is available on CCAP’s website here (PDF).

Please feel free to share this job posting with other attorneys who may be interested in the position.






Claim Alert for Panel Attorneys With CSC Cases

For attorneys who have been appointed in cases in the California Supreme Court, there is a form that must be completed and submitted to JCC/Accounting before any Supreme Court Claim can be processed in the case. The form is available here (external link to PDF). Attorneys only need to submit the form on their first case in the California Supreme Court.

For quickest processing, send the completed form directly to:

Attn: Alberto Cruz, Accounting Unit
455 Golden Gate Avenue, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94102-3688

Let Alberto know that you have a current appointment or claim pending with the Supreme Court.

This form is mandatory in order to enter the attorney ("vendor") into the State’s new FI$CAL system. Once accounting receives the form, the attorney is entered into the system and any claim sent from the Supreme Court can then be matched with them in the system. If the attorney isn’t yet in the FI$CAL system then there will be a delay. Note that Court of Appeal appointed case payments are not yet processed through FI$CAL, although eventually they will be. Consequently, there is no rush for other panel attorneys to send in the form now. Appellate Court Services will inform the projects when that needs to happen.


CADC Annual Conference and Seminar

Due to concerns regarding the spread of the COVID-19 virus, CADC has announced that they are cancelling their 2020 Conference.

A message regarding the cancellation is posted CADC's homepage here (external link).