The following sections list the certification requirements for all of the case types and categories of cases available for court appointed attorneys. Please read each requirement carefully. On the application you submit to Court Administration you are certifying that you meet each and every requirement, including length of bar membership, CLE's within the specified time frames and trial experience for every category of cases that you select. You may be asked to provide documentation to prove that you meet these requirements at any time.
Please note that the certification requirements have been merged with the Justice Administrative Commission (JAC) case category codes. These categories and case codes were developed by the JAC. Each circuit has been instructed to use these categories and case codes when submitting names to the JAC for inclusion on the Circuit Court Appointed Registry. Please direct all questions and inquiries about these categories and case codes to the JAC at 1-866-355-7902 or 850-488-2415. Court Administration is unable to explain or define these categories and case codes to you.
Effective July 1, 2015, the category “Children With Certain Special Needs” has been added as a category of cases that the circuit is responsible for maintaining. It has been added under the Dependency and Termination of Parental Rights section.
Once your application is reviewed and approved you will be notified by Court Administration. If your application is not approved, you will be notified of the deficiencies which must be corrected in order to be approved. Failure to remedy the deficiencies will result in your application being rejected.
Once approved, you must sign a contract with the Justice Administrative Commission (JAC) if you want to be paid for your services. After Court Administration has received confirmation that the JAC contract has been signed, we will notify the clerk's offices to add you to the court appointed registry.