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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 the case.

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

A. Day-to-Day
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.

Jason Hawkins
Federal Public Defender
525 Griffin, Suite 629
Dallas, TX 75209-2827
214- 767-2746
FAX: 214-767-2886
Magistrate Judge Paul D. Stickney
U.S. District Court
1100 Commerce Street, Rm. 1549
Dallas, TX 75242
FAX: 214-753-2266
Mr. Robert R. Smith
2828 Routh Street
Suite 850
Dallas, TX 75201
Mr. Bruce Anton
2301 Cedar Springs Road
Suite 400
Dallas, TX 75201


Chapter III. Training

Free training is offered annually to Panel members. Questions regarding training should be directed to Jason Hawkins, 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 training opportunities.

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.

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.

  1. Charge - complaint, information or indictment - (Rules 3 & 7, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  2. Arrest or Summons - (Rule 4, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  3. Appearance Before a U.S. Magistrate Judge - (Rule 5, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  4. Probable Cause Hearing - if no indictment - (Rule 5.1, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  5. Bond/Detention Decision - (18 U.S.C. §3142)
  6. Detention Hearing - (18 U.S.C. §3142(e)(f)(g))
  7. Arraignment - (Rule 10, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  8. Motions/Subpoenas/Discovery Phase - (Rules 12 - 17, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  9. Motions Hearing - rare
  10. Pretrial Conference - (Rule 17.1, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  11. Rearraignment, Guilty Plea/Trial - not guilty plea - (Rule 11, 23 - 31, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  12. Motion for New Trial - (Rule 33, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  13. Presentence Report Interview
  14. Presentence Report - 14 day mandatory response time - (Rule 32, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  15. Presentence Report Addendum - (Rule 32, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  16. Presentence Report Addendum Objections - (Rule 32, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  17. Sentencing - (Rule 32, Fed. R. Crim. P.)
  18. Self-Reporting
  19. Probation/Supervised Release Proceedings - (Rule 32.1)
  20. Appeal - 10 days from date of entry of judgment - (Rule 4(b), Fed. R. App. P.)
  21. Certiorari Petition (Rules of the Supreme Court, Part III)
  22. Post Conviction Motions - (28 U.S.C. §2255 and Rules Governing §2255 Proceedings)
  23. Presidential Pardon

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