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Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel Attorney Resources

Adam Walsh Act Resources

The Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 was signed into law on July 27, 2006. It established a complex and onerous national sex offender registry law, and made significant changes to sexual abuse, exploitation and transportation crimes, including creating new substantive crimes, expanding federal jurisdiction over existing crimes, and increasing (often by a factor of two or greater) statutory minimum and/or maximum sentences.

Booker Resources

Links to some helpful resources related to Blakely/Booker/Fanfan.

Bureau of Justice Statistics Resources

CJA Guidelines (18: 3006A) and Forms

Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Guidelines

These policies and procedures represent the guidelines of the Judicial Conference of the United States for the administration and operation of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA). The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees an accused the right to representation by counsel in serious criminal prosecutions. Enacted in 1964, the CJA establishes a comprehensive system for appointing and compensating legal representation for accused persons who are financially unable to retain counsel in federal criminal proceedings.

Criminal Justice Act Resources in the WDPA

Defender Services Program

Federal Rules Update

This summary, written by Peter Goldberger, describes the amendments to the Federal Rules of Criminal and Appellate Procedure that went into effect on December 1, 2009.

Local Criminal Justice Act Plan

The local CJA Plan for the Western District of Pennsylvania was last updated on March 26, 2021 (PDF format - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

National CJA Voucher Reference Tool

DSO National Litigation Support Resources

The Office of Defender Services Training Branch hosts this site. It is our hope that it will be a resource for Defender staff and CJA panel attorneys when facing cases with large volumes of discovery and/or electronic discovery. The page defines litigation support, provides contact information for the National Litigation Support Team, and contains links to several helpful resources.

Office of Defender Services Training Branch

The Defender Services Training Branch in Washington, DC provides support to panel attorneys in CJA cases. The Branch has special expertise in federal criminal law and procedure, including guideline sentencing. The hotline telephone number is 800-788-9908.

PACER & ECF - Public Access to Court Electronic Records and Electronic Case Filing sites.

Attorneys appointed under the CJA and related statutes are now exempt from payment of electronic public access fees for work that is performed pursuant to such appointment in all federal courts. For information on how to establish an exempt account, contact the PACER Service Center at 800-676-6856.

PA Western District Court - Attorney Handbook

Written and published by the United States District Court - Western District of Pennsylvania. (PDF format - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

This page was last updated on February 26, 2016.