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 Judicial Council of California 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

Judicial Council of California and Appellate Projects Attorney Information Sheet, Instructions and STD 204 form



CAC Electronic Transmissions

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

CAC Archived Newsletters

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



Deborah Collier-Tucker
Manager, Appellate Court Services

Judicial Council of California
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.