Court-Appointed Counsel Program

The Court-Appointed Counsel (CAC) Program fulfills the constitutional mandate of providing adequate representation for indigent appellants in the Courts of Appeal on noncapital cases. The Administrative Office of the Courts staff works with nonprofit organizations ("projects") that recommend to the Courts of Appeal the appointment of private attorneys to represent indigent appellants.

Criteria for Placement on a Court of Appeal Indigent Defense Panel


CAC Electronic Transmissions
For Appellate Project Office Use Only.  To submit information to the Court Appointed Counsel program, click for electronic transmission instructions.

CAC Update
CAC Update is a biannual newsletter produced by the Administrative Office of the Courts for state court-appointed appellate counsel. Archived issues in Adobe Acrobat format can be found below.



Chad Finke
Director, Court Programs and Services Division

Deborah Collier-Tucker
Manager, Divisional Budgeting/Appellate Court Services

Administrative Office of the Courts
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 865-4250

See the AIDOAC page for information related to the Judicial Council's Appellate Indigent Defense Oversight Advisory Committee

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