The Florida Bar

Appellate Practice Certification

Purpose:

Appellate Practice Board Certification LogoTo identify those lawyers who engage in appellate practice and have the special knowledge, skills, and proficiency, as well as the character, ethics, and reputation for professionalism, to be properly identified to the public as board certified in appellate practice.

Who may apply?

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.

Becoming Board Certified

All applicants for board certification or recertification should carefully read the Rules Regulating The Florida Bar to 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.

NEW APPLICANTS

The application filing period runs July 1-August 31 of a given year to determine eligibility to sit for the exam in March of the subsequent year (see calendar for details). Applications must be postmarked by August 31. Eligible applicants who pass the exam will be officially certified in June.

REAPPLICANTS

If you’re eligible to sit for the exam from a previous application, you may file the short application.

RECERTIFICATION

According to the rules, no certification shall last for a period longer than five years. Find out when your recertification application is due.

All applications for recertification must be postmarked by midnight May 31 at the conclusion of the 5-year period of certification. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by this date. June 1 after the fifth year of certification is the effective date of recertification.

A single, 3-month recertification file extension will be granted if accompanied by a properly executed application for extension and payment of the appropriate fee.

Staff Liaison

Ashleigh Bolstridge
The Florida Bar
651 E. Jefferson St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850-561-3152

Appellate Practice Certification Field Established 1993