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), Appellate, Material Witness, and Central Violations Bureau.
When application periods are open, notice and application forms will be listed below.
2023 CJA PANEL APPLICATIONS
NOTICE TO ALL PROSPECTIVE CJA PANEL MEMBERS
Pursuant to General Order 499-H, the United States District Court for the Southern District of California is accepting applications for the following 2024-2025 Criminal Justice Act (CJA) defense attorney panels: Criminal Defense, Material Witness Defense, Ninth Circuit Criminal Appellate Defense and Central Violations Bureau (CVB) Defense Attorney Panel (El Centro).
Applications for admission will be accepted beginning on July 21, 2023 and ending on September 22, 2023, for the term commencing on January 1, 2024 and expiring on December 31, 2025.
STEPS to submit your CJA Panel Member application.