The information on our site is provided for attorneys who are members (or who are interested in becoming members) of the Criminal Justice Act panel for the Western District of Washington. The Criminal Justice Act Panel is a group of qualified and court-approved attorneys who are eligible for appointment by the Court when there is a conflict of representation by the Federal Public Defender's office. CJA Panel attorneys are then appointed to represent individuals in criminal cases who are unable for financial reasons to retain counsel. The appointments are made by the Court on a rotating basis among members of the panel.
To become a member of the CJA panel, you must be qualified to practice in the district, and must submit an application for review by the CJA Standing Committee. Applications are typically considered by the Standing Committee in January and decisions made by the Court concerning additions to the panel in March.
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