Appointment of Counsel Forms and Instructions
Preliminary Note: If you are uncertain which Court of Appeal will hear the appeal, consult our interactive map to determine the correct appellate jurisdiction for the case. The Third and Fifth District Courts of Appeal have different practices related to the application for appointment of counsel so you will need to know which court will have jurisdiction of the appeal in order to submit the correct forms.
The Third and Fifth District Courts of Appeal have different instructions and applications for appointment of counsel. While the Third District has the same application for appointment of counsel in all cases, the instructions for filling out the form differ depending on whether the appellant is a minor or an adult. The Fifth District has different instructions and applications for the appointment of counsel depending on the incarceration status of the appellant and whether the appellant is an adult, a minor, or a parent in a dependency appeal. Review the available applications and instructions below to determine which packet is appropriate for your client’s case.
Note: In both the Third and Fifth Districts, a minor in a dependency appeal is not required to submit an application for appointment of counsel.
Applications for Appointment of Counsel in the Fifth District
Choose the appropriate Fifth District application and instructions from the list of PDF links below.
Incarcerated Adult – (Criminal)
Non-Incarcerated Adult – (Criminal)
Incarcerated Adult – (Dependency)