Anyone out there applied for criminal appellate certification? I applied with the hope that I would meet the standards set for being certified without examination, as I am already certified in criminal law and have stayed active in appellate law.
The application was much easier (online) than the one for criminal law.
Anyway, I was wondering what your experience was and whether we will see many prosecutors taking the exam or seeking cross-certification.
I applied, and I didn't find the application difficult to manage. It just took forever to enter the information on the 50 past appeals! The hardest part was just lining up the references, especially since you need at least one appellate judge.
Nope. Despite more than 70 appeals, I only have 3 first chairs on oral arguments.
However, I was a recommendation for a judge. That form was really easy, but was on paper and not electronic.
Judging from the people I've heard talking about it, the oral argument bar is going to be the hardest to meet.
I rounded up the information for about 125 appeals but hadn't submitted it yet. I know I have more than enough oral arguments but most were in the 90's when we did oral arguments on almost all of our cases. I really don't remember in which ones I did oral arguments. My appellate work has slowed down as my office has grown. We have have a "you catch it you skin it rule" so if you prosecute the trial case, you do the appeal.
I'll probably submit it here pretty quick and see what happens.
You can check for oral argument at court of appeal websites by pulling up cases and looking at history.
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