In the Ninth
District Court of Appeals, the trial courts generally appoint
counsel for appeals. Loc.R. 41.2(B). Occasionally, the
Court of Appeals appoints counsel (when granting counsel's motion to
withdraw upon review of an Anders brief or granting an
Application to Reopen, for example). As a result, the Court of
Appeals maintains a list of attorneys who have expressed a
willingness to be appointed as counsel on appeal.
If you are a
licensed Ohio attorney and you would like to be included on the list
of attorneys who are available to be appointed to represent indigent
persons on appeal, you can do one of two things (and you only need to
do one or the other).
1. Download the
Appointed Counsel Application, complete the fillable-PDF, sign
it, and email or mail it to the Court of Appeals. The
directions for submitting the Application to the Court of Appeals
can be found on the bottom of the form.
- OR -
2. Complete the
online Appointed Counsel Application. The online form asks
for all the same information as the PDF document, but it can be
completed in less than five minutes by answering a series of
questions on your cell phone or computer. Your responses will
be saved and your application will be completed, with no further
One of the
questions on the Application asks whether your information can be
shared with the trial courts in the counties from which you said you
would accept appeals. Some trial courts have contacted the
Court of Appeals to ask for names of attorneys who have said they
will handle appeals, so you are asked to confirm that you would
agree to this or you can choose not to; the choice is up to you.
If you have
previously applied to serve as appointed counsel and your contact or
other information has changed, you can simply submit a new
application, using either the form or on-line application, and note that it is an updated application.
If you have any
questions, please contact C. Michael Walsh, Court Administrator, or
send an email to