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Criminal Justice Act (CJA)

Plan & Order - The Criminal Justice Act Plan was revised in 2023 to include steps for submission and review of Mentee services for compensation, to include New Application/Renewal Aplication guidelines, and to create a Limited Appiontment Group process for volutary or involuntary placement into a reduced caseload group for an interim period. 

Application -Per the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Plan, applications are reviewed yearly.  The application period for 2023 has closed.  In 2024, the application, as well as the application deadline notice, will be posted on the Court's website and published to all attorneys. 

Renewal Application -  - As set forth in the Court's Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Plan, terms of CJA Panel Members are staggered. The renewal application period for 2023 has closed.  For those selected, new terms will begin in October 2023 and last through September 2024.  CJA Panel Attorneys in the 2024 renewal group will be notified at the appropiate times. If you have questions regarding the application process, please contact Betty Ann Skrien at

CJA Attorney PACER Accounts - CJA Attorney PACER accounts.  Please note that you will only need one PACER account for filing and viewing in NextGen.  You can use the Change PACER Exemption Status instructions to toggle in between exempt and not exempt status.

eVoucher 6.4 – Creating a Single Login Profile

eVoucher 6.4 – Linking Accounts with SLP

Order - Court Order Regarding Submission of Interim Vouchers - June 4, 2020

Interim Payment – Special Request for Early Processing Procedure - March 31, 2020

Instructions - CJA Handbook / Instructions for completing CJA vouchers

Rates - Attorney hourly rates and mileage rates

Case Maximums and Expert Approval Levels

Benchmarks - Travel Time and Mileage

CJA Expert Mega Case Rate Ranges

National CJA Voucher Reference Tool - The purpose of the on-line Reference Tool is to provide quick access to the policies and procedures related to Criminal Justice Act (CJA) cases, beginning with the appointment of panel attorneys and continuing through the processing of vouchers to the approval of payment for services rendered.

New CJA Panel Attorneys Video - Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorneys are highly qualified, private attorneys appointed by a federal court to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases. A new video highlights the critical role that these lawyers play in protecting defendants' constitutional rights, including their rights to counsel under the Sixth Amendment. 

2020 CJA Webinar Materials

2021 CJA Webinar Materials 

2022 CJA Seminar Materials 

2023 CJA Seminar Materials

Finance Department - (314) 244‐7872 / EMAIL:

eVoucher - Cindy Kornberger - (314) 244-7861 / eVoucher    /        Sydney Pruett - (314) 244-7951 

CJA Applications and Seminars - Betty Ann Skrien at 314-244-7461 / 314-422-9875 or by email at 


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