Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Panel?

A: The Criminal Justice Act Panel is a panel of private attorneys who furnish legal representation in federal court for any person finacially unable to obtain adequate representation.  The CJA Panel is defined by the Fifth Circuit CJA Plan and the Southern District of Texas CJA Plan


Q: How do I join the CJA Panel and get appointed to federal cases?
A: Applications for joining the CJA Panel can be found here.


Q: I'm new to taking federal appointments. Where can I get more information related to this?
A: Keep an eye on both's events page and our events page for upcoming CJA Panel Seminars.  Materials from previous seminars can be found here.


Q: How do I get paid for CJA work?
A: Answers to this question can be found at the following links: Requirements for Receiving PaymentPayment RatesPayment Forms


Q: I have other administrative questions about the CJA Panel. Who is the CJA Panel Representative for the Southern District of Texas?
A: The CJA Panel Representative is:


David Adler

6750 West Loop South, Ste 120

Bellaire (Houston) TX 77401 


713-665-7070 (Fax) 

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