What is an Entry of Appearance? A lot of times when somebody hires us, one of the first things they want to know is, whether the judge and prosecutor are going to know that we represent them. Is the prosecutor going to know? How will the courts and the clerks and the opposing side know that I have a lawyer? And the answer is, they will get a copy of our entry of appearance.
So, the Georgia Superior Court rules and State Court rules and all the rules of the courts require that when a law lawyer is hired, that we file what is called an entry of appearance. The entry of appearance puts the court, the opposing parties, and the clerk's office on notice that you are represented by an attorney. It has our email address, our mailing address, the name of the law firm, and things like that, that way, communications regarding the case regarding any pleadings or anything can be served upon us. And so that there is no question that you have an attorney and are represented by counsel.
That entry of appearance is the absolute first thing that we file because if you do not file that entry of appearance, then we don't officially represent that person yet. So that is always the very first thing that we do when we are hired on a criminal case.