Appellate Program

How to File a Discretionary Review

Criminal Case

A defendant seeking discretionary review of a non-final trial court order must file the following documents:

Order of Indigency

  1. For clients previously found indigent, prepare a docicon blsmall  Motion for Order of Indigency
  2. For clients not previously found indigent, prepare a docicon blsmall  Motion for Order of Indigency
  3. Prepare a proposed docicon blsmall  Order of Indigency
  4. File each with the Superior Court Clerk.

Notice of Discretionary Review

  1. Prepare a Notice of Discretionary ReviewExiting the OPD website.
  2. Attach a copy of the Order to be reviewed.
  3. Attach Proof of Service on the prosecutor.

File the Notice of Discretionary Review and both attachments with the Superior Court Clerk within 30 days after the act of the trial court that the party wants reviewed.

Practice Tip:

A Motion for Discretionary ReviewExiting the OPD website.will be due 15 days after the Notice of Discretionary Review has been filed.  The Motion for Discretionary Review sets forth the reasons why review should be granted.  Appellate counsel will not be appointed unless and until the court grants the Motion for Discretionary Review.  

If the trial attorney files the Notice of Discretionary Review on behalf of the client, he or she may be considered appellate counsel by the court of appeal for purposes of preparing the Motion for Discretionary Review.  

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