Capital Area Private Defender Service

CAPDS Is accepting applications for changes to our 2021 panel

Applications must be submitted by 
January 15, 2021

‚ÄčAll attorneys approved for a status change Including a new practice area must attend the week-long CAPDS orientation.  The orientation is for five afternoons, in late February or early March.

  • Those moving from the misdemeanor panel to a felony panel or those adding a mental health panel must attend orientation.  Those approved for an additional felony panel may attend but are not required. 
  • This application should be completed by attorneys currently on a CAPDS panel and seeking admission to additional panels.  This includes admission to a higher level panel, a Mental Health Panel, or an Appellate Panel.  Those not currently on a panel and meeting minimum requirements should complete the a new application.
  • If you do not meet the minimum qualification for our panels, you should consider our mentoring program.
  • 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.
  • You should carefully review the panel standards to determine which level you qualify to apply to.