Rule 16. Trial Counsel'S Duties With Regard To Appeal.

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(a) Trial counsel, whether retained or court-appointed, shall continue to represent a convicted defendant throughout any appeal to the Arkansas Supreme Court or Arkansas Court of Appeals, unless permitted by the trial court or the appellate court to withdraw in the interest of justice or for other sufficient cause. After the notice of appeal of a judgment of conviction has been filed, the appellate court shall have exclusive jurisdiction to relieve counsel and appoint new counsel.
(b) If court appointed counsel is permitted to withdraw in the interest of justice or for other sufficient cause in a direct appeal of a conviction or in an appeal in a postconviction proceeding under Ark. R. Crim. P. 37.5, new counsel shall be appointed promptly by the court exercising jurisdiction over the matter of counsel's withdrawal.
(c) If court appointed counsel is permitted to withdraw in the interest of justice or for other sufficient cause from an appeal in a postconviction proceeding other than a postconviction proceeding under Ark. R. Crim P. 37.5, new counsel may be appointed in the discretion of the court exercising jurisdiction over the matter of counsel's withdrawal.
(d) If pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. 16-13-506(b), the state has paid the court reporter for the transcript that is filed as part of the record with the appellate court and the defendant thereafter moves to substitute retained counsel for appointed counsel, the court may, as a condition of granting the motion, require the defendant to reimburse the state for the cost of the transcript.

History Text: 

History. Adopted and amended July 10, 1995, effective January 1, 1996; amended January 13, 2000; amended December 12, 2002; amended February 22, 2007

Associated Court Rules: 
Rules of Appellate Procedure—Criminal