Pro Hac Vice

A person who is not a member of the State Bar of California but who is eligible to practice law in another state may act as counsel pro hac vice, provided certain conditions are met.

In addition to the requirement that an active member of the State Bar of California is associated as attorney of record, an attorney is not eligible to appear as counsel pro hac vice if he or she is:

  • A resident of the state of California
  • Regularly employed in the state of California
  • Regularly engaged in substantial business, professional, or other activities in the state of California

For details about eligibility, see Rule 9.40 of the California Rules of Court.

Application Information

The State Bar does not have a standard application form for Pro Hac Vice. Applications are accepted in a form of copies of moving papers filed with the Court in which the out-of-state attorney wishes to appear.

A detailed list of what the application will need to include can be found in Rule 9.40.

Briefly, the application will need to include:

  • the case name and number;
  • the court name;
  • a declaration by the out-of-state attorney containing his/her name, home and business address, where he/she is licensed to practice;
  • a declaration indicating bar membership status in the attorney's home state; and
  • the name, phone number, address and bar number of the California attorney of record.

NOTE: A copy of the application and notice of hearing must be sent to the State Bar's San Francisco office:

Pro Hac Vice Program
The State Bar of California
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-538-2111

It is advisable to speak with the clerk of the court you are applying to for information regarding its requirements.

For additional information contact the State Bar's Office of Special Admissions and Specialization at 415-538-2100.

The State Bar of California, Office of Special Admissions/Specialization, accepts credit card payments for the following programs:

To pay with a MasterCard/Visa credit card, print the OSAAC Credit Card Form above and fax it to 415-538-2180 or mail it to:

The State Bar of California
Office of Special Admissions/Specialization                                                                   
180 Howard St.
San Francisco, California, 94105
The fax number and mailing address are also listed on each form.