The Florida Bar

Appellate Practice

Definition

Appellate Practice Board Certification LogoAppellate 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.

Summary of Requirements

Minimum standards for appellate practice certification, provided in Rule 6-13.3, include:

  • Practice of law for at least five years;
  • Substantial involvement in the specialty of appellate practice — 30 percent or more during the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Handling of at least 25 appellate actions and five appellate oral arguments during the five years immediately preceding application;
  • 45 hours of approved appellate practice certification continuing legal education in the three years immediately preceding application;
  • Peer review; and,
  • A written examination.

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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.
2020 Application Filing Periods & Exam Dates

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 filing period for the initial application 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.  If you’re eligible from a previous application, you may also file the short application. Carefully read the rules for initial certification to determine if you will meet the requirements.


Resources

Exam Specifications

Examination — Format and Scoring

Study Guide

Sample Exam Questions

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

Staff Liaison

Kelsey Pochedley
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-5777

Appellate Practice Certification Field Established 1993