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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.

To download an application, click on the appropriate application. You will be asked if you would like to ‘Open’ or ‘Save’ the file (MSWord). It is advisable to save the file to your computer for future reference. Type in your responses on the application and print a copy. Attach any required documents, enclose the applicable application fee, and mail your application to: The Florida Bar, Legal Specialization and Education Dept., 651 E. Jefferson Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300.

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

Currently Certified

If you were originally certified in 1998, 2003, 2008, or 2013, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by May 31, 2018. All requirements for recertification must be completed by May 31, 2018 unless you file a recertification extension request.

Recertification File Extension

To request a one-time 3-month extension, the Recertification Extension Application must be postmarked by May 31, 2018.

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens July 1, 2018 and applications must be postmarked by August 31, 2018. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the March 2019 Appellate Practice Exam.

You may submit an Abbreviated Application for Certification only if you meet one of the following conditions. In order to become eligible to sit for the 2019 Appellate Practice Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by August 31, 2018.

1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2017 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2018 Appellate Practice exam.

2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by August 31, 2017 which was approved, you took the 2018 Appellate Practice exam, but you were unsuccessful in obtaining a passing score. (Please note if you were unsuccessful on the 2017 and 2018 exam, you are not eligible to apply for the 2019 Appellate Practice exam, but you may reapply for the 2020 exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification.)


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:
Arlee Colman
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
[email protected]

Appellate Practice Certification Field Established 1993