Alameda County Superior Court

The Criminal Court Appointed Attorneys Program (CAAP) administers the conflicts program for the County of Alameda 

Through this program, qualified attorneys represent indigent criminal defendants or minors whenever the public defender is restrained by a conflict of interest. The program maintains a panel of more than 100 qualified, private attorneys who provide professional and excellent representation for those entitled to court appointed attorneys.

CAAP is committed to the promotion of justice and high standards of professionalism, competency, diligence, and integrity among members of the criminal defense bar in Alameda County.

05.14.19 – We are currently accepting applications from attorneys, who are new to the panel, to be on our misdemeanor and juvenile panels. If you are interested in applying to be on other panels (or are a current panel member and would like to apply to handle a higher class of case), completed applications are due Friday, September 13, 2019 by 5 p.m. on. Submit all completed applications to the CAAP Administrator, Sarah ( Please be aware that it may take up to 2 months to process applications.

Increase in Hourly Rate!

CAAP is pleased to announce that it has raised the hourly rate it pays panel attorneys.  In hopes of better keeping up with the cost of living and surrounding counties, we will continue to raise rates for the next three years. Below is a chart of the rate increase that went into effect August 1, 2017 and the rate increases we anticipate making in the coming years.  

Class TypeOld RateAugust 1, 2017-June 30, 2018July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020
Special Circumstances130140150160
1B, 1PV & 1J100105110115
2, 2PV & 2J9095100105
3, 3PVs, PRCS & 3J85889198
4, 4PV & 4J75777980
5, 5PV & 5J70727475
Misdo Appeals80859095


Effective January 16, 2018, the new CAAP web-based billing system is up and running. This system may be accessed by CAAP panel attorneys only.  To access the system, panel attorneys should follow the log-in information they were sent via email.




VIDEO:  Click here to watch a brief instructional video on how to complete fee declarations.