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Criminal Justice Act (CJA)

Plan & Order - The Criminal Justice Act Plan was revised in 2024 to clarify the appointment process used by the Court. 

Application - Per the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Plan, applications are reviewed yearly, typically in September.  The application period for 2024 is open and will close on July 12, 2024.  During the process period, the application will be posted on the Court's website and published to all attorneys. Applications and attachments shall be submitted in a single PDF.  If you have questions, regarding the application process, please contact Betty Ann Skrien at (link sends e-mail). The application can be found here: CJA-Application-Fillable.pdf (

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 2024 is open and will close on July 12, 2024.  CJA Panel Attorneys in the 2024 renewal group have been notified individually.  Renewal applications and attachments shall be submitted in a single PDF. For those selected, new terms will begin in October 2024 and last through September 2025.  If you have questions, regarding the renewal application process, please contact Betty Ann Skrien at The renewal application can be found here:CJA-Renewal-Application-Fillable.pdf (

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. 

Please note that EDMO staff are not able to assist with and CJA eVoucher version 6.10. For questions, please contact Desiree Reyes, eVoucher Program Manager, by email at
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.


Annual CJA Materials:  2020 CJA Webinar2021 CJA Webinar2022 CJA Seminar; 2023 CJA Seminar; 2024 CJA Seminar


Finance Department: 314-244‐7872 or by email at

eVouchers: Cindy Kornberger 314-244-7861 and Sydney Pruett 314-244-7951 

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

Federal Public Defender's website

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.

Rates - Attorney hourly rates and mileage rates

Case Maximums and Expert Approval Levels

Benchmarks - Travel Time and Mileage

CJA Ex Parte Motion / Out of District Travel Authorization

Transcript Requests for Cases on Appeal

Establishing an Attorney Holding Period

Optional Appointment Contact Form

Transcript AUTH 24 and CJA 24 Instructions for Attorney

W-9 - Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification