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Recommendations from the Bench: Presenting Video Oral Arguments

CCAP has posted a new resource, Recommendations from the Bench: Presenting Video Oral Arguments (PDF) that includes tips and advice for presenting a video oral argument.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

CCAP Webpage with COVID-19 Updates

CCAP has created a 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):

--Third DCA Update on Video Appearances for Oral Argument (7/29): The Third District is now utilizing the BlueJeans platform for video appearances for oral argument during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no fee to use BlueJeans for these appearances.

--Fifth DCA Update on Video Appearances for Oral Argument (7/21): CCAP recently learned the Fifth District is utilizing the BlueJeans platform for video appearances for oral argument during the COVID-19 pandemic. The court prefers video appearances (instead of telephonic appearances) for oral argument. There is no fee to use BlueJeans for these appearances.

--Effective 6/1: CCAP's phyisical office is open with limited staff onsite. As a result, transcripts and other mail items may now be sent to CCAP's office. The majority of CCAP employees (including staff attorneys) will continue to work remotely.

--CCAP is no longer removing plastic covers from transcripts. Scientific studies now appear to show that COVID-19 remains viable on plastic surfaces up to 72 hours (previously, COVID-19 was thought to remain viable on plastic up to 9 days). In most cases, 72 hours will have elapsed from the time personnel from the trial courts and CCAP have handled the transcript to the time the panel attorney receives the transcript. Consequently, CCAP no longer considers this step as a necessity for its staff to safely handle transcripts. For anyone concerned that the virus may survive on the covers they receive, options such as wiping down the cover or "quarantining" may be considered.

Other Updates:

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Interim COVID-19 Claims Extended

The JCC has approved an extension for submission of additional interim COVID-19 claims through the end of the fiscal year. This includes:

--A pre-AOB interim claim: (1) where the record length exceeds 1,500 pages, and (2) where counsel has been waiting for an augmented or corrected record longer than 90 days; and
--An additional, post-AOB interim claim may be submitted after the reply brief is filed.

Categories of billable time for these claims are explained in the joint-project memo, which is available here (link to PDF).

TrueFiling Issue--Bookmarks in Foreign Language

We have received reports from panel attorneys that documents submitted for filing via TrueFiling have ended up with bookmarks in a foreign language. We have been told that this is an issue on TrueFiling's end and it will be fixed in an update very soon.

If a panel attorney experiences any rejections due to foreign bookmarks, TrueFiling would like the attorney to contact them directly to resolve the issue:

telephone: (855) 959-8868
email: support@truefiling.com.

If a document is rejected due to foreign-language bookmarks, TrueFiling will refund the TrueFiling fees for the rejected document (request the refund when you speak with TrueFiling about the document).