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What is an Anders Brief

Appellate counsel’s opinion that there are no meritorious issues that can be raised in the appeal.  As such, must be honest and frank with the court regarding the merits, or lack of merit, of any case being litigated before the court.

“If counsel finds his case to be wholly frivolous, after a conscientious examination of it, he should so advise the court and request permission to withdraw. That request must, however, be accompanied by a brief referring to anything in the record that might arguably support the appeal…the court–not counsel–then proceeds, after a full examination of all the proceedings, to decide if the case is wholly frivolous. ” Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 744, 87 S. Ct. 1396, 1400, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967)

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