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What is the CJA Panel?

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The Criminal Justice Act ("CJA") 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 among members of the panel. Consideration is given to the nature of the case and the relative experience of the panel members before appointments are made; there are three categories of appointment:

  • Misdemeanor
  • Generic Felony
  • Major Felony

Compensation for work performed as a CJA Panel member is provided by the government following review and approval of expense vouchers submitted to and approved by the Court. Hourly compensation rates and limitations are posted on this web site. Appointment to the panel requires the approval of the Court. Applications submitted by May 31 and November 30 of each year are reviewed in June and December, respectively. Prospective panelists must be active members in good standing of the Court's Bar and should review the CJA Panel Rules and Criteria. More information can be found here. To apply to become a member of the CJA Panel, complete and submit an Application for CJA Panel Membership to:

Office of the Chief Magistrate Judge 
CJA Panel Applications 
483 United States Courthouse 
351 S. West Temple 
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101

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