Court Programs

2nd District Programs

Appellate Court Experience (ACE)

This is a collaborative educational program designed to introduce High School Students to the Judicial System.

Appellate Pro Bono Project

A pilot program looking into offering representation in a limited range of cases to indigent litigants who are without the assistance of counsel.

Mediation Program

A mediation and settlement program offering parties of pending cases an opportunity to resolve their case quickly and with little or no additional cost.

Oral Argument at Law Schools

Periodically the Court holds special sessions at law schools to introduce law students to the appellate court system.

Self Help Resources

Public Counsel's Appellate Clinic For Self-Represented Litigants provides general legal information and procedural assistance to people who are representing themselves in appeals pending in the Second District Court of Appeal and the Appellate Division of any Superior Court within the Second District.

The Appellate Clinic For Self-Represented Litigants is open every week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Clinic consultations are scheduled by appointment only between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Consultations are available in person, via video conference, or by telephone, as appropriate.

Appointments for the Appellate Clinic For Self-Represented Litigants can be requested by going to Public Counsel's website and clicking on the "Get Help" tab, or by calling (213) 830-7232 every Tuesday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Clinic staff will notify successful and wait-listed callers by telephone or e-mail as promptly as possible.

Clinic location:
Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District
Ronald Reagan State Building
300 S. Spring Street
2nd Floor, North Tower
Los Angeles, CA 90013


Statewide Appellate Programs

The District Courts of Appeal have programs that apply across the state.  Explore each of our programs below to see how you can participate or learn more.  

California Judicial Mentorship Program

This program assists in recruiting and developing a qualified and diverse applicant pool for service on the state’s courts of appeal. 

Court-Appointed Counsel Program

This program fulfills the constitutional mandate of providing adequate representation for indigent parties in the Courts of Appeal on noncapital cases.

Habeas Counsel (Prop 66)

The Courts of Appeal Seek Attorneys to Represent Inmates in Death Penalty-Related Habeas Corpus Proceedings

Additional Self-Help Resources

For those seeking to understand how the appellate process works, view the short video or connect with additional resources on the Courts of Appeal Self-Help website.  The site may help anyone who is involved in an appeal, especially those without a lawyer who are representing themselves. 

Get Self Help