An attorney who doesn’t live, work or conduct regular business in California can petition the court to represent his or her client under a title called “pro hac vice.” That is a Latin term that means "for this occasion."
Lawyers licensed in another state must formally petition a California court for permission to appear on behalf of a client on a particular case. To submit a Pro Hac Vice online application for such petitions, a copy of pro hac vice requests made to state courts must be uploaded to the attorney online case record. This does not apply to federal courts.
For more on the eligibility rules for pro hac vice, see Rule 9.40 of the California Rules of Court.
The submitted application must consist of documents filed with the state court where the attorney would like to appear. The documents must include the following information:
In addition to filing the documents in court, the attorney must upload a copy of the documents and notice of hearing to the Pro Hac Vice application case record for processing. A filing fee of $50 is due along with the petition. It is payable upon submission of your online application. Applications for Pro Hac Vice must be submitted through AIMS and must include the above information in order for the application to be approved.
Pro Hac Vice Program
Office of Special Admissions
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
More information about what the application should include is in Rule 9.40.
For questions, speak with the clerk of the court where the application is submitted.
What are the requirements of PHV?
According to California Rules of Court rule 9.40, out-of-state attorneys may apply to appear in a California state court Pro Hac Vice (PHV), provided they meet the rule requirements. The out-of-state attorney must provide the name and address of the California attorney of record and disclose the title of court in which the out-of-state attorney has applied to appear pro hac vice within the preceding two years.
The application must be filed with the court in which the out-of-state attorney wishes to appear; a copy of the application is to be served on The State Bar of California. The State Bar is considered the custodian of records for PHV applications and does not approve or disapprove the PHV application.
Approval of the application is determined by the court in which the attorney wishes to appear.