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Appellate Practice Certification

Certified Attorneys

Definition

Appellate practice deals with recognition and preservation of error committed by lower tribunals, and the presentation of argument concerning the presence or absence of such error to state or federal appellate courts through brief writing, writ and motion practice and oral argument.

Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements. PDF document opens in new window

Board Certification Applications for Lawyers

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar (Rules) and be sure you have met each of the requirements prior to filing your application. Unless the Rules provide for a waiver of a specific requirement, each of the requirements must be met by the dates indicated in the rule. There is a link to the Rules located below on this page.

Certification CLE Hours Requirement. To view your Board Certification CLE credit hours online: Log in to your Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Click “Show All” and select Appellate Practice from the drop down menu. Select the “Credit History” tab. It is recommended that you see how many hours are required for certification and the date the hours must be completed to qualify.

Currently Certified? Recertification Information for 2017:
The applications are currently being updated and will be posted here by the beginning of February.
If you were originally certified in 1997, 2002, 2007, or 2012 you are due to file your recertification application in 2017. The application for recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2017. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date unless you submit a recertification file extension request – form to be posted soon.

Get Certified - Seeking Certification
The applications are currently being updated and will be posted here by the beginning of February.

The filing period opens July 1, 2017. Applications must be postmarked by
August 31, 2017. You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2018 exam. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.

General Information
Exam Specifications PDF document opens in new window Revised 12/7/2012
Examination - Format and Scoring PDF document opens in new window
Study Guide PDF document opens in new window
Standards for Certification of a Board Certified Appellate Practice Lawyer - Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-13
Appellate Practice Standing Committee Policies PDF document opens in new window

Standing Policies of The Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Appellate Practice
Committee members

Appellate Practice Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
Arlee Colman
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850/561-5805
acolman@flabar.org

Appellate Practice Certification Field Established 1993

Certification Home

[Revised: 01-06-2017]