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Motion to Extend Time to File COA Request

Service Description


A Motion to Extend Time to File COA Request, or Certificate of Appealability Request, is a formal plea to the court for additional time to file a request for a certificate that allows a petitioner to appeal a denial of a habeas corpus petition.


Before filing this motion, it is imperative to review the court’s rules and guidelines regarding the filing of COA requests, and understand the specific procedures for requesting an extension of time.

How to Draft:

  • Start with a clear and concise statement of your request for an extension of time to file the COA request.
  • Provide a detailed explanation of the reasons why additional time is necessary, such as new evidence, unforeseen circumstances, or other significant reasons.
  • Clearly state the amount of additional time you are requesting.
  • Ensure that the motion complies with the court’s specific rules regarding format and content.


Once the motion is drafted, file it with the court clerk, paying any necessary fees. Serve copies to all involved parties as per court rules. The court will then review the motion and make a decision based on its merits.


Filing a Motion to Extend Time to File COA Request is crucial when circumstances prevent you from meeting the deadline for filing a request for a certificate of appealability. By understanding the court’s requirements, preparing your motion meticulously, and following proper filing procedures, you increase your chances of having the motion granted, thereby protecting your rights in the appeal process.