Appellate Defenders, Inc., is a non-profit law firm which administers the appointed counsel system for the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, in California. The office operates under a contract with the California Administrative Office of the Courts.

The central goals of the office are to improve the quality of indigent representation on appeal and to assist the Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, in administering criminal and juvenile delinquency appeals by indigents and civil appeals by indigents in certain areas. The guiding concept is to engage the resources of the appellate practitioners to oversee this work and attempt to assure consistently satisfactory representation of all clients.

In fulfillment of our goals, the office performs the following basic functions: (1) Preliminary case processing of notices of appeal, seeking background information about cases, ascertaining appellant's need for appointed counsel, and arranging for delivery of transcripts; (2) Recruitment and classification of private attorneys available to accept appointment; (3) Classification of cases and selection of appropriately qualified counsel for the cases; (4) Systematic and substantial assistance to appointed counsel in "assisted" cases; (5) Assistance to appointed counsel in "independent" cases at the attorney's request; (6) Evaluation of appointed counsel's performance in every appointed case; (7) Review of appointed counsel's claims for compensation and recommendation to the Administrative Office of the Courts as to the compensation to be paid; and (8) Direct representation of clients in selected cases.


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