Capital Area Private Defender Service

CAPDS IS not currently acceptING new applications for our 2023 panel 


please check back in December 2023

New Applications

‚ÄčAll attorneys new to CAPDS, regardless of experience, must attend the week-long CAPDS orientation.  The orientation will be the week of February 6th. Our 2023 orientation will take place in person if conditions permit. if accepted to the CAPDS panel, you must attend all sessions to begin accepting assignments.

  • This application should be completed by anyone not currently on any panel and who is seeking admission.  Those on a panel and seeking additional panels should complete the Status Change Application instead. 
  • You should carefully review the panel standards to determine which level you qualify to apply to.  Applicants must meet all requirements to apply for the CAPDS panel.

  • For those interested in joining our panels and who do not meet these standards, may apply to the mentoring program.  All attorneys new to CAPDS will be required to attend a one-week training before they can begin accepting assignments. This training will be focused on best practices and on Travis County local practice.
  • The CAPDS application process utilizes an online application hosted by Google.  This is the only method to apply.  If you have any problems using this form or viewing this website please contact us at
  • If you close your browser during the application process all work will be lost unless you are signed into a Google account.
  • The information required to complete the application is extensive. We strongly recommend you download the application worksheet here before beginning.
  • All new applicants must take a basic criminal law competency exam.  Those completing an application will be contacted regarding sitting for the exam.