Harris v. Super. Ct.

Petitioner Homer Harris sought a writ of mandate after the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of San Joaquin County summarily denied the appointment of counsel to represent him in his appeal of a restitution order in connection with a misdemeanor conviction. The Court of Appeal concluded that appellate counsel should be appointed to represent petitioner on appeal. In doing so, the Court concluded an order requiring the payment of restitution was a “significant adverse collateral consequence” within the meaning of California Rules of Court, rule 8.851(a)(1)(A), requiring the appointment of counsel for an indigent defendant on appeal in a misdemeanor case. View "Harris v. Super. Ct." on Justia Law