How to Apply

Effective Immediately, a new Application for the District Court Appointed Attorney Program  is available online (DC-086, rev. 8/2022).
All Appointed Attorneys must submit ONLY the new Application (DC-086) by 12/31/2022.
On 1/1/2023 any attorney who has not submitted a new Application (DC-086, rev. 8/2022) will be deemed inactive and must reapply to the program to participate. (How to Apply)

To apply to be an appointed attorney representing indigent criminal defendants during initial appearances:

  1. Complete the Application
    • PDF (fillable)
  2. Complete the Anti-Discrimination Acknowledgement Form
    • PDF (fillable)
  3. Complete a Form W-9 (Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification)
  4. Submit the completed Applications in one of the following ways:
    • Email the completed applications to
    • Fax to: 410-260-1217; or
    • Mail to:
      Commissioner Headquarters
      Attn: Appointed Attorneys Program
      251 Rowe Boulevard, Suite 341
      Annapolis, MD 21401

For information on the scheduling process, see the Scheduling Policy.