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Appellate Practice

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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.


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.

Currently Certified?  Recertification Information for 2019

If you were originally certified in 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, or 2014 you are due to file your recertification application in 2019.  The application for recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2019.  All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date unless you submit a recertification file extension request.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

The initial applications for certification will be available June 1, 2019.

The filing period opens July 1, 2019.  Applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2019.  You must apply in this filing period to be considered for eligibility for the 2020 exam.  Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Resources

Exam Specifications Revised 12/7/2012
Examination – Format and Scoring
Study Guide
Standards for Certification of a Board Certified Appellate Practice Lawyer – Rules Regulating The Florida Bar 6-13
Appellate Practice Standing Committee Policies

Standing Policies of The Board of Legal Specialization and Education

Appellate Practice Committee members

Appellate Practice Certification Staff Liaison Contact Information:

Maritza McGill
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850/561-5735
[email protected]

Appellate Practice Certification Field Established 1993