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Explination of Entry of Appearance in Criminal Law
An "Entry of Appearnce" is either a written or an oral assertion by a lawyer that he or she is representing a party in a case. In criminal law an entry is most often filed on behalf of a defendant. Some courts require a written entry of appearance and others allow verbal entries of appearance. A verbal entry of appearance will be reflected in the court minute.
Once a lawyer enters a case they can not withdraw without the court's permission. Different courts have different practices regarding allowing attorneys to withdraw from cases. The court's policies regarding allowing attorneys will effect the terms of fee agreements attorneys are willing to enter into.