Papers to Have Fax Number and e-Mail
Effective January 1, 2013, documents filed in the appellate courts must have the attorney's fax number, if any, and e-mail address. (Amended rule 8.40(c)(1).) Rule 8.320 was amended to change what constitutes the normal record in criminal appeals that are not from the judgment.
Understanding the New Three Strikes Law
Judge J. Richard Couzens and Justice Tricia A. Bigelow have provided a detailed analysis of the amendments by Proposition 36 to the Three Strikes Law.
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California Style Manual Available Online
The contents of the California Style Manual is available here in pdf format.
Panel Attorneys to Notify SDAP of new TIN
Panel attorneys who obtain new Tax Identification Numbers should send a W-9 form to the appellate project. The project will forward the form to the AOC. Failure to provide an updated TIN can lead to delays in processing compensation claims.
New App for Viewing Appellate Dockets
There is a free Google Android app to view the Online docket of appellate cases on the Judicial Branch Web site. There is hope an i-Phone app will soon be available as well.
Panel attorneys should be aware that the Sixth District Court of Appeal no longer sends an opinion directly to the client. Attorneys should be sure to forward a copy of the opinion in a timely manner to his or her client.
Motions and No Issue Briefs to be e-Filed
All motions with few exceptions and any brief raising no issues in criminal, dependency, and civil commitment cases must be electronically filed in the Sixth District Court of Appeal in lieu of paper copies, and service to the AG shall be done electronically. Petitions and briefs in criminal and juvenile case must be delivered electronically, but an original plus copies must still be filed in the court of appeal. One less copy is required. There are some exceptions.
Proof of Service for Electronic Service
The proof of service needs to be modified when a document is electronically served. (See Cal. Rules of Court, Rule 2.251(g).) A sample proof of service is available in pdf, Word, and WordPerfect. Note that the sample proof of service does not necessarily have all of the proper parties listed.