When a convicted defendant wishes to appeal, trial counsel, whether retained or appointed, is responsible for representing the defendant unless counsel is relieved by the Court of Appeals. The district court has no authority to relieve counsel from representation on appeal, and such orders of the district court are null and void. Please note that unless and until counsel is relieved by this Court, counsel will be held responsible for the appeal even if the Notice of Appeal is filed pro se. See LR 4.1. Counsel must comply with FRAP and all LRs and IOPs.
Last modified at 12/20/2010