Pursuant to its Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Plan, on June 1, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri approved CJA Panels of attorneys to accept appointments in criminal cases. Three Panels were created, one each for the Western/St. Joseph, Central and Southern/Southwestern Divisions. The terms of the initial CJA Panel members were staggered over three years. One-third of each Panel was randomly selected to serve for one year; one-third of each Panel was randomly selected to serve for two years; and one-third of each Panel was randomly selected to serve for three years. All future appointments will be for three years.
As of February 3, 2023, the Court will accept new CJA applications as well as renewal applications from those CJA members whose terms expire on May 31, 2022. The application also includes the opportunity to apply for a mentorship program. The mentorship program, developed by the Federal Public Defender’s office, provides training to attorneys who do not have the requisite experience to qualify for membership on the regular panel. The deadline for receiving applications is Friday, March 3, 2023.
- CJA Panels as of 6/1/2023 (all divisions)
- CJA Application
- CJA Plan
- CJA Mentorship Program Description
The Court has implemented the CJA eVoucher program for electronic submission of CJA Vouchers. In the Attorney Materials section are several documents to introduce you to the eVoucher System.
The following are links to additional CJA information:
The purpose of the on-line Reference Tool is to provide quick access to the policies and procedures related to the 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.
The Missouri Western eVoucher link is: https://evsdweb.ev.uscourts.gov/CJA_mow_prod/CJAeVoucher/
NOTE: If you do not see the login boxes when using the link to sign into eVoucher you may need to Set Compatibility View in your Internet Explorer browser.
- Attorney eVoucher User Manual
- Creating CJA 20 Voucher for Attorney Services
- How to Create a Budget Authorization
- Expert Service Providers (Procedures and Creating Forms)
- CJA 25 (Used to notify CJA Panel Attorneys of the availability of investigative, expert and other services.)
- Request for a Transcript (AUTH 24)