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Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Information and Announcements

Pursuant to its Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Plan, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri has approved CJA Panels of attorneys who will accept appointments in criminal cases.  Three Panels were created, one for the Western/St. Joseph, Central and Southern/Southwestern Divisions.  The Panels went into effect on June 1, 2018.  The terms of the CJA Panel members have been 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.   

On February 1, 2019, the Court will begin accepting reapplications from attorneys who have been selected to serve for one year and new applications from attorneys who wish to be appointed to a Panel.  Applications will be due on March 1, 2019.  The CJA Committee will review the applications and select the new and/or renewing members of the Panels by May 1, 2019.

The Court has implemented the CJA eVoucher program for electronic submission of CJA Vouchers.  Below are several electronic learning modules (ELMs) to introduce you to the eVoucher System.

Panel Attorney Data Form & W-9 (Forms & Procedures)

To update panel attorney information on file (e.g., address change, firm change, name change, TIN change) counsel should complete, sign and date a Panel Attorney Data Form AND W-9. The forms should be emailed to

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 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. 

CJA eVoucher Information, Procedures and Attorney User Manual

The Missouri Western eVoucher link is:

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.

For more information contact:

Teresa Harrison
CJA Administrator

Shazzie Nazeem
CJA Panel Representative

Laine Cardarella
Federal Defender