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.
How many times may I appear Pro Hac Vice?
It is usually up to the discretion of the particular court. The spirit of the rule that the Court will follow mandates that out-of-state attorneys not abuse the PHV application by using it on a regular basis as a substitute for practicing in California.