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What is the Criminal Justice Act (CJA)?


Under the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. §3006A, all persons charged with federal criminal offenses who are financially unable to obtain counsel are entitled to appointment of counsel to represent them.  The Office of the Federal Public Defender is appointed to represent a majority of the financially eligible defendants in federal criminal cases in Utah. The remaining eligible defendants are represented by private attorneys, appointed by the Court. These private attorneys are admitted to panels of attorneys eligible for appointment in federal criminal cases.

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