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July 13, 2020

Notice regarding oral argument

Beginning with oral argument in July, the Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, will conduct oral argument by videoconference using the BlueJeans Events application. Those participating in oral argument will receive a specific emailed invitation to the appropriate session of oral argument. Members of the public can view oral argument by clicking on a link, which will be posted on the Court’s Calendar page when available. All fees for remote argument have been waived. See the Court’s Calendar page for more information.

June 16, 2020

By unanimous vote of the justices, the Court endorses the California Supreme Court’s Statement on Equality and Inclusion, as follows:

In view of recent events in our communities and through the nation, we are at an inflection point in our history. It is all too clear that the legacy of past injustices inflicted on African Americans persists powerfully and tragically to this day. Each of us has a duty to recognize there is much unfinished and essential work that must be done to make equality and inclusion an everyday reality for all. [Full statement].

June 8, 2020

COURT OF APPEAL, THIRD APPELLATE DISTRICT, OFFERS ITS SIXTH MEDIATOR TRAINING SESSION IN MAY 2021

DATES ANNOUNCED
The Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, is pleased to announce that it is again recruiting attorneys and retired judges to join its mediator panel. Attorneys and retired judges throughout the 23 counties served by the Third District Court of Appeal are encouraged to apply.

The appellate mediator training course is limited to 24 participants and provided at no cost to the participants. The mediator training will be conducted at the Judicial Council of California located at 2850 Gateway Oaks Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833.

Session One: May 13, 2021 (12:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.); May 14, 2021 (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.); and May 15, 2021 (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)
Session Two: May 21, 2021 (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) and May 22, 2021 (8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.)

Those interested in becoming a mediator for the Third District’s Appellate Mediation Program should complete the application, attach their résumé, and return it to: Rene´ Ackerman, Mediation Program Administrator, 2890 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 210, Sacramento, California 95833. Submission of applications may be received by mail, fax: (916) 641-6527, or e-mail: rene.ackerman@jud.ca.gov.
The deadline for submission of applications has been extended to February 12, 2021.

Updated June 2, 2020

Following the recommendations of the Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, in Sacramento is closed Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  E-filing is still available through the court’s website.  The court will continue to monitor the situation and review recommendations from DGS and the CHP.

The Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 coronavirus situation.  The court is following guidance provided by the Judicial Council, the Department of Public Health, and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to limit the spread of the virus. 

Further, the court has obtained an Emergency Order from the Chair of the Judicial Council permitting it to issue an order extending the time to do any act required or permitted under the California Rules of Court, which it has done by Order dated April 13, 2020.

On April 15, 2020, the court obtained an Emergency Order from the Chair of the Judicial Council permitting it to issue an order extending by no more than 30 days the time periods occurring between April 20 and May 18, 2020, which it has done by Order dated April 17, 2020. Second extensions of time are limited to acts and events that occur prior to the filing of a decision by the Court of Appeal.

Any further updates will be communicated through the court’s website, both here and in Latest News below, as appropriate. 

April 22, 2020

The Court entered Miscellaneous Order 2020-001 regarding the application of the Renewed Order to briefs in juvenile dependency appeals and writs. Click here to read Miscellaneous Order 2020-001.

June 27, 2019 

Recruitment: Appointed Counsel for Trial Court Capital Habeas Matters

The Third District Regional Habeas Counsel Committee invites qualified attorneys whose primary place of business is within the Third District to apply to be appointed counsel in capital habeas corpus proceedings in trial courts within the Third District. Appointed Counsel will be responsible for defending clients in habeas corpus proceedings related to death sentences in a superior court within the Third District. Responsibilities may include: building relationships with clients and their families; preparing and filing pleadings; analyzing and organizing evidence & other legal documents; following current developments in criminal law and procedure; working with other capital defense organizations in the state; and investigating and researching matters related to the case. 

Qualifications:
In addition to the qualifications outlined in Cal. Rule of Court 8.652, the candidate’s principal place of business must be within the boundaries of the Third Appellate District.

To apply:
Please fill out form HC-100 “Declaration of Counsel Re Minimum Qualifications for Appointment in Death Penalty-Related Habeas Corpus Proceedings” and send it along with your resume to 3DCapHabeasCounselApps@jud.ca.gov as attachments.

Not all qualified candidates will receive an appointment. Appointments will be made by the trial court, when need arises. If qualified, you may also be added to the statewide list of qualified counsel.

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The 3rd District is located in Sacramento.  Its jurisdiction is over the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Mono, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Yolo, and Yuba. It has 11 justices and is not divided into divisions.  READ MORE >>

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Third Appellate District

914 Capitol Mall,
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 654-0209

Mediation Program
2890 Gateway Oaks Drive,
Suite 210
Sacramento, CA 95833
Phone: (916) 643-7084
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