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Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Information and Announcements

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. 

New CJA applications and renewal applications for those members whose initial term was for one year were accepted beginning on February 1, 2019 through March 1, 2019.  The CJA Committee has completed its review of the applications and selected CJA Panel members for the one-third of the CJA Panel whose terms expired on June 1, 2019.  A list of the membership of the CJA Panels, by division, as of June 1, 2019 is set forth below.

This year for the first time, CJA applicants for membership on the Western Division Panel could ask to be placed in a mentorship program.  The Court, in conjunction with the CJA Panel Selection Committee, will oversee a pilot program in which attorneys who do not have the requisite experience to qualify for membership on the regular CJA Panel will be eligible to assist members of the Panel and the Federal Public Defender’s Office to gain the necessary experience required to provide high quality defense representation in federal criminal cases.

As of February 3, 2020, the Court will again accept new CJA applications as well as renewal applications from those CJA members whose initial term was for two years.

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