Criminal Justice Act (CJA)

The application period for CJA Panel Selection Appointments is now open.

NEW: “Tier Two” Trial Panel applications are now being accepted.

The deadline to apply for all CJA panels is February 14, 2020 at 5:00 pm.

Go to the CJA application web page (


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. In the Northern District, the CJA Unit of the Clerk’s Office administers the CJA.

In addition to overseeing payment to counsel and experts, the CJA Unit serves as a resource for panel members in their representation of indigent clients.

Note to Visitors:

The CJA Unit is currently doing some website housekeeping. If you have trouble finding what you are looking for, please contact us.

Important Notice:

Effective September 21, 2015, all claims for compensation under the CJA in the Northern District of California must made through eVoucher.