What is the Criminal Justice Act?
The Criminal Justice Act was established to furnish quality representation in federal court for any person financially unable to obtain representation. Each United States district court, with the approval of the judicial council of the circuit, shall place in operation throughout the district a plan for furnishing representation for any person financially unable to obtain adequate representation. Representation under each plan shall include counsel and investigative, expert, and other services necessary for adequate representation. For more information regarding the Criminal Justice Act Plan for the Northern District of Texas, see Miscellaneous Order 3.
How can I find out who is on the CJA Panel?
How can I avoid delays in the processing of my CJA voucher?
1. Send your voucher straight to the judge rather than the clerk’s divisional office.
2. For compensation in excess of $35,000, omit any explanation justifying excess payment.
3. Make us guess whether your voucher is for a final payment or an interim payment.
4. Never sign or date your voucher.
5. Use paralegals and associates without pre- approval.
6. Omit receipts for expenses over $50.
7. Use your own designated categories to describe your work on the case.
8. Don’t use the Attorney Timekeeping System.
9. Claim payment for work done before your appointment date.
10. Don’t tell us when you move.