Summit County Criminal Appointment List

The Summit County Criminal Appointment List is managed by a task force of the Summit County Criminal Justice Advisory Board. The Akron Bar Association assists the task force in this effort by serving as the collection point for application materials. The Akron Bar Association is not responsible for approving or denying applications from attorneys desiring to be added to the Appointment List. The list is managed locally by municipal court rules. Concerns about the Appointment List should be addressed to the presiding judge of the local court.  Here are links for your review:

Current deadline for application submittal:  January 31, 2018

The next list will be provided to Summit County Judges in February of 2018.

Questions regarding available CLE from the Akron Bar Association can be directed by email or phone at (330) 436-0112.  More information on these seminars can be seen here.

Other questions regarding submitting your application can be directed to [email protected].

The minimum requirement is one year of criminal law practice in addition to a number of CLE courses depending on what types of cases you want to qualify for. Lawyers are encouraged to obtain this experience in order to qualify for the appointment list in the future.

Please refer to http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/120-1-10 to reference the Ohio Administrative Code rules regarding qualifications, etc. for being included on an appointment list in the state.

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Requirements

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Pursuant to Ohio Administrative Code section 120-1-10, appointed counsel must meet these requirements in order to qualify for state reimbursement. The state public defender may refuse to reimburse the county for cases on which appointed counsel do not meet these requirements.

MISDEMEANORS

Misdemeanors

Training*

Experience

All Misdemeanors

Minimum six hours CLE in criminal practice and procedure
OR
Successful completion of a clinical education program focusing on criminal defense

In lieu of required training, at least one year experience as an attorney

Misdemeanor OVI

Minimum six hours CLE focused on OVI practice and procedure

All misdemeanor appeals

Minimum six hours CLE in criminal or appellate practice and procedure
OR
Successful completion of a clinical education program focusing on appellate practice

In lieu of required training, at least one year experience as an attorney

Misdemeanor OVI appeals

Minimum six hours CLE focused on OVI practice and procedure

*CLE hours must be certified by the Ohio Supreme Court commission on continuing legal education.

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CAPITAL CASES

Death Specification

Training*

Experience

Lead Trial Counsel

Must meet qualifications of Supreme Court Rules for Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases (formerly Rule 20)
AND

Must appear on list of attorneys qualified to accept appointments in capital cases promulgated by the Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases (formerly the Rule 20 Commission)
OR
Must have a waiver of pre-qualification issued by the Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases (formerly the Rule 20 Commission)

At least five years’ criminal litigation experience
AND
Experience as lead counsel for the defense in jury trial of at least one capital case OR experience as co-counsel for the defense in jury trial of at least two capital cases
AND
Within ten years preceding appointment, experience as lead counsel in jury trial of at least one murder or aggravated murder case OR within five years preceding appointment, experience as lead counsel in three aggravated or first or second-degree felony jury trials

Trial Co-Counsel

Must meet qualifications of Supreme Court Rules for Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases (formerly Rule 20)
AND
Must appear on list of attorneys qualified to accept appointments in capital cases promulgated by the Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases (formerly the Rule 20 Commission)
OR
Must have a waiver of pre-qualification issued by the Commission on Appointment of Counsel in Capital Cases (formerly the Rule 20 Commission)

At least three years’ of criminal litigation experience
AND
Within 10 years preceding appointment, experience as co-counsel in one murder or aggravated murder jury trial
OR
within five years preceding appointment, experience as lead counsel in one first or second-degree felony jury trial
OR
within five years preceding appointment, experience as lead or co-counsel in at least two felony jury or civil jury trials

 

*These requirements apply in any case in which a defendant is charged with aggravated murder with a death-penalty specification, including cases in which the defendant is a juvenile or is otherwise precluded from being sentenced to death.
**CLE hours must be certified by the Ohio Supreme Court commission on continuing legal education.

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FELONIES

Felonies

Training*

Experience

Felony OVI

Minimum six hours CLE in OVI practice and procedure

4th and 5th degree

Within two years prior to appointment, minimum 12 hours CLE in criminal practice and procedure

At least one year experience in criminal law

3rd degree

Within two years prior to appointment, minimum 12 hours CLE in criminal practice and procedure

At least one year experience in criminal law
AND
Within 6 yrs preceding appointment, experience as lead trial counsel in at least one criminal jury trial OR as co-counsel in at least two jury trials

1st and 2nd degree

Within two years prior to appointment, minimum 12 hours CLE in criminal practice and procedure

At least three years experience in criminal law
AND
Within 10 yrs preceding appointment, experience as lead trial counsel in two  criminal jury trials, at least one of which involved felony charges OR as lead counsel in one felony jury trial and as co-counsel in two additional jury trials

Life-sentence cases**

Within two years prior to appointment, minimum 12 hours CLE in criminal practice and procedure

At least five years experience in criminal law
AND
Within 10 years preceding appointment, experience as lead trial counsel in five felony jury trials, at least three of which involved felony charges of the 1st or 2nd degree
OR
as lead counsel in three jury trials, at least one of which was a 3rd-degree felony and as co-counsel in five additional jury trials, at least three of which were 1st or 2nd-degree felonies

*CLE hours must be certified by the Ohio Supreme Court commission on continuing legal education.
**Any case where the defendant is charged with any felony that carries a potential sentence of life imprisonment, whether eligible or ineligible for parole

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ADULT APPEALS

Adult Cases

Training*

Experience

Misdemeanors and 4th and 5th-degree felonies

Minimum six hours CLE in criminal or appellate practice and procedure
OR
Successful completion of clinical education program focusing on appellate practice

In lieu of required training, at least one year experience as an attorney

3rd-degree felonies

Within two years prior to appointment, minimum 12 hours CLE in criminal practice and procedure, at least six of which must be in appellate practice

At least one year experience as attorney practicing in appellate law
AND
Within six years preceding appointment, filed appeals in three cases resolved by plea
OR
one appeal of a case resolved by trial

1st and 2nd-degree felonies

Within two years prior to appointment, minimum 12 hours CLE in criminal practice and procedure, at least six of which must be in appellate practice

At least two years’ experience as attorney practicing in appellate law
AND
Within 10 years preceding appointment, filed appeals in three cases resolved by trial

Cumulative sentences of 25 years or more

Within two years prior to appointment, minimum 12 hours CLE in criminal practice and procedure, at least six of which must be in appellate practice

At least five years’ experience as an attorney practicing in appellate law
AND
Within 10 years preceding the appointment, filed appeals in five cases resolved by trial

*CLE hours must be certified by the Ohio Supreme Court commission on continuing legal education.
**A case in which an Anders brief was filed may not be counted as prior experience.

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JUVENILE APPEALS

Contact Summit County Juvenile Court for information on their Indigent List.

Juvenile Cases

Training*

Experience

Unruly, truancy, violation of court order, misdemeanor, and 3rd, 4th, and 5th-degree felonies

Minimum 9 hours CLE in appellate practice and procedure and juvenile delinquency practice & procedure
OR
Successful completion of clinical education program focusing on appellate practice and procedure
AND
minimum 6 hours CLE in juvenile delinquency practice & procedure
OR
Successful completion of clinical education program focused on juvenile delinquency practice and procedure
AND
minimum 6 hours CLE in appellate practice and procedure

1st and 2nd-degree felonies

Within two years immediately prior to appointment, minimum 12 hours CLE, at least six of which in delinquency practice and at least six of which in appellate practice

At least two years’ experience as attorney in juvenile delinquency and appellate law AND Within six years preceding appointment, filed appeals in three juvenile delinquency cases

Bindover and serious youthful offender cases

Requisite training required to handle the appeal of a juvenile case based upon the highest degree of felony charged

Requisite experience to handle the appeal of a juvenile case based upon the highest degree of felony charged
AND
Requisite experience to handle the appeal of an adult case based upon the highest degree of felony charged OR Co-counsel who meets the adult case training and experience requirements must also be appointed

*CLE hours must be certified by the Ohio Supreme Court commission on continuing legal education.
**A case in which an Anders brief was filed may not be counted as prior experience.


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