Chapter I. Appointment Process
Attorney appointments are made by U.S. magistrate
judges. You will be notified by a courtroom deputy of your appointment
to a federal criminal case. You must be prepared to be available
on short notice for preliminary matters (e.g., initial appearances
and detention hearings).
All appointments include representation on appeal
and petitions for certiorari. If a conflict arises, you may be given
permission to withdraw by the U.S. district judge presiding over
See Chapter 2 of Volume
7, Part A of the Guide to Judiciary Policies and Procedures,
for additional information on the appointment process.
Chapter II. Panel Management
The day-to-day operations of the Panel are managed by the District
Clerk's Office. Procedural questions or problems related to the
Panel may be directed to Karen Mitchell, Clerk, District Clerk's
Office, at 214/753-2201.
B. Court Liaison Committee
The individuals listed below serve on the Court Liaison Committee.
You may contact them to discuss CJA policy issues or matters that
should be brought to the attention of the Court.
First Assistant FPD
525 Griffin, Suite 629
Dallas, TX 75209-2827
|Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney
U.S. District Court
1100 Commerce Street, Rm. 1549
Dallas, TX 75242
|Mr. Robert R. Smith
2828 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201
|Mr. Bruce Anton
2301 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75201
Free training is offered annually to Panel members.
Questions regarding training should be directed to Jason Hawkins, First Assistant
Federal Public Defender, at 214/767-2746. The Administrative Office
of the United States Courts (AO) also offers free training to Panel
members on a regular basis. You will receive periodic notice of
Information contained in Chapters 2 and 3 of Volume
7 of the Guide to Judiciary Policies and Procedures may also be
very helpful. Copies of Chapters 2 and 3 can be found as Attachments
I - 1 and VIII - 4 of this handbook.
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IV. Basic Steps of a Federal Criminal Case
The following outlines the basic steps of a federal
criminal case. A notation of where each step is addressed in the
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure or the United States Code is
also included, if appropriate.
- Charge - complaint, information or indictment
- (Rules 3 & 7, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
- Arrest or Summons - (Rule 4, Fed. R. Crim.
- Appearance Before a U.S. Magistrate Judge
- (Rule 5, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
- Probable Cause Hearing - if no indictment
- (Rule 5.1, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
- Bond/Detention Decision - (18 U.S.C. §3142)
- Detention Hearing - (18 U.S.C. §3142(e)(f)(g))
- Arraignment - (Rule 10, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
- Motions/Subpoenas/Discovery Phase - (Rules 12 - 17,
Fed. R. Crim. P.)
- Motions Hearing - rare
- Pretrial Conference - (Rule 17.1, Fed. R.
- Rearraignment, Guilty Plea/Trial - not guilty
plea - (Rule 11, 23 - 31, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
- Motion for New Trial - (Rule 33, Fed. R.
- Presentence Report Interview
- Presentence Report - 14 day mandatory response
time - (Rule 32, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
- Presentence Report Addendum - (Rule 32, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
- Presentence Report Addendum Objections - (Rule 32, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
- Sentencing - (Rule 32, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
- Probation/Supervised Release Proceedings - (Rule 32.1)
- Appeal - 10 days from date of entry of judgment
- (Rule 4(b), Fed. R. App. P.)
- Certiorari Petition (Rules of the Supreme Court, Part III)
- Post Conviction Motions - (28 U.S.C. §2255 and Rules Governing §2255 Proceedings)
- Presidential Pardon
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