The Florida Bar
|Criminal Trial Certification|
Criminal law is the practice of law dealing with the defense and prosecution of misdemeanor and felony crimes in state and federal trial and appellate courts.
Thinking of Becoming Board Certified? Review a summary of the requirements.
|Board Certification Applications for Lawyers|
If you were originally certified in 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, or 2011, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by August 15, 2016. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by July 31, 2016 unless you file a recertification file extension request.
Recertification File Extension
To request a one-time three-month extension, the Recertification Extension Application
If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification
filing period opens September 1, 2016 and applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2016. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the May 12, 2017 Criminal Trial Law Exam.
You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification only if you meet one of the following conditions. To become eligible to sit for the May 12, 2017 Criminal Trial Law Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by October 31, 2016.
1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2015 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2016 Criminal Trial Law Exam.
2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2015 which was approved, you took the 2016 Criminal Trial Law Exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2015 and 2016 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2017 Criminal Trial Law Exam, but you may apply for the 2018 exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2017.)
Exam Sample Questions
Standards for Certification Of A Board Certified Criminal Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-8
Criminal Law Certification Standing Committee Policies
Standing Policies of the Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Criminal Law Certification Committee members
Criminal Law Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
Criminal Law Certification Field Established 1987