Capital Area Private Defender Service

New Applications

Please check back in December 2019.

‚ÄčAll attorneys new to CAPDS, regardless of experience, must attend the week-long CAPDS orientation.  The orientation is for five afternoons, from 12:30 - 4:30 pm on February 25, 2019 - march 1, 2019.  if accepted to the CAPDS panel you must attend all afternoons to begin accepting assignments.

All applications must be completed by December 31, 2018

  • This application should be completed by anyone not currently on any panel and 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 (afternoons) in March before they can begin accepting assignments. This training will be focused on best practices and on Travis County local practice.   Candidates for the Felony A panel may be admitted on a provisional basis prior to orientation.
  • 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.
  • 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.