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Featured Resources

Appellate Practice Manual

ADI’s treatise on appellate procedure for appointed attorneys. 

Forms & Samples

Commonly used forms tailored to Fourth District practice.

Fourth District Practice

A summary of Fourth Appellate District practices, policies, and procedures.

Filing Rules Summary

A summary of filing & service requirements in non-capital criminal, juvenile, and select
mental health cases in the Court of Appeal.

Statewide Claims Manual

California’s line by line instructions for filing compensation claims.

Claims Portal

ADI’s claims portal for appointed counsel to submit, review and check the status of claims.

ADI strives to provide quality resources to facilitate excellent indigent representation in California appeals.

Access to MCLE materials and confidential legal resources is contingent on an active membership with one of the project panels.

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How to Become a Panel Attorney

ADI regularly accepts applications for both our criminal and dependency panels. We value quality applicants who have a demonstrated dedication to indigent defense work, strong writing skills, and a willingness to be a zealous advocate for clients.

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What's New in Division One

Tuesday, May 28, 2024 – 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. | Hybrid

Division One will be joining us for a one-hour hybrid MCLE presentation. At the Paul Bell Library, we will welcome Administrative Presiding Justice Judith McConnell, and Associate Justices Kelety, Castillo, and Rubin. Managing attorney, Karen Harkins, clerk/executive officer, Brandon Henson, and assistant Clerk/Executive Officer, Jenny Rogers will also be in attendance.

About ADI

Appellate Defenders, Inc., is a non-profit law firm administering the appointed counsel system for the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District.

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