The following documents and links are for information related to Criminal Justice Act attorneys.
- Criminal Justice Act
- EVOUCHER & CM/ECF
- CJA Applications & Panel Lists
The Criminal Justice Act (CJA) (United States Code: Title 18, § 3006A) provides federal funds for attorneys, experts, and services necessary for the adequate representation of indigent defendants.
CJA eVoucher is the Court's electronic CJA voucher system. It provides for the creation, submission and tracking of all CJA related vouchers submitted to the court. As of September 1, 2012, all CJA payment vouchers must be submitted electronically using the
CJA eVoucher system. All CJA panel attorneys and CJA service providers must register with the Clerk of the Court to obtain user training and login information.
Contacting the CJA Unit
CJA Supervising Attorney: Emily Bahr (619) 321-0778, Emily_Bahr@casd.uscourts.gov
CJA Desk: (619) 557-5736, CJA@casd.uscourts.gov
Becoming a CJA Panel Member
The Criminal Justice Act Panel is a group of qualified and court-approved attorneys who are eligible for appointment by the Court to represent individuals in criminal cases who are unable for financial reasons to retain counsel. The appointments are made by the Court on a rotating basis.
There are four panels in the Southern District: Criminal Defense (San Diego and El Centro Sectors), Appellate, Material Witness, and Central Violations Bureau.
When application periods are open, notice and application forms will be listed below.
2022 CJA PANEL APPLICATIONS
STEPS to submit your CJA Panel Member application.
CRIMINAL DEFENSE 2022-2024 TERM