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Criminal Trial Law Certification

Certified Attorneys

Definition

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

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.

Certification CLE Credits Requirement. To view your Board Certification CLE credit hours online: Log in to your Florida Bar account, and select “Show More” in the My Board Certifications section. Click “Show All” and select Criminal Trial Law 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 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, or 2013, the Application for Recertification must be postmarked by July 31, 2018. All requirements for recertification are to be completed by July 31, 2018 unless you file a recertification file extension request.

Recertification File Extension Request

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

Get Certified – Seeking Certification

If you wish to apply for certification, the Initial Application for Certification filing period opens September 1, 2017 and applications must be postmarked by October 31, 2018. This filing period is to become eligible to sit for the May 2019 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 11, 2019 Criminal Trial Law Exam, the abbreviated application must be postmarked by October 31, 2018.

1. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2017 which was approved, but you were unable to sit for the 2018 Criminal Trial Law Exam.

2. You submitted an Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2017 which was approved, you took the 2018 Criminal Trial Law 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 Criminal Trial Law Exam, but you may apply for the 2020 exam by submitting the Initial Application for Certification by October 31, 2019.)


Resources

Exam Specifications

Exam Information

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:
Sheila Whaley
The Florida Bar
651 East Jefferson Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-2300
850/561-5690
[email protected]

Criminal Law Certification Field Established 1987