Sacramento CJA Panel training will resume
September 16 at 5pm in the Jury Lounge,
4th Floor, District Court, 501 I St.
Ninth Circuit Appellate Commissioner
Peter J. Shaw will discuss Nuts and Bolts
of Practice before the Ninth Circuit.
Fresno CJA Panel training focuses on
Johnson v. United States, which was
decided on June 26, 2015.
There are two options:
1) September 10, 2015 at 11 a.m. The
Federal Defender's Office in Fresno will
be showing the webinar presented by the
Division of the Federal Defenders. It
features Joshua Carpenter, Appellate
Chief, Federal Defenders of Western North
Carolina, Inc. and Paresh Patel,
Appellate Attorney, Federal Public
Defender's Office, District of Maryland.
The webinar will be shown in its entirety
(1 hr) in the Federal Defender's
2) September 22, 2015 at 5:30 -6:30 p.m.:
The Federal Defender's Office will be
showing excerpts from the webinar
described above as well as provide an
opportunity for live discussion and
questions. LOCATION: Federal Defender's
Please let Peggy_Sasso@fd.org know which
session you will be attending.
Note that this training is offered in
lieu of the normal panel training which
ordinarily would have been September 15.
We will revert back to the normal
schedule for the next CJA training in
Fresno on October 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Annual Federal Defender's Golf Tournament
Join us September 18, 2014 at
the Turkey Creek Golf Club, 1525
California Route 193 in Lincoln.
Tournament play begins at 1 :00 pm with a
modified shotgun start. The tournament is
just $85 for golf, range balls, cart,
dinner and prizes!
Questions? Playing partners? Special menu
needs? Contact Henry Hawkins or Mel
Buford, Federal Defender's Office
916-498-5700. All skill levels are
eVoucher will be down 6/20 and 6/21 for
This new version will soon be directly
linked to the U.S. Treasury system that
issues checks. The interface should
improve payment time, but will not be
fully operational for another several
weeks. By late summer checks should start
to arrive sooner than they do now (still
by u.s. mail).
As a result of this link, password
security is being strengthened, adding
more complexity and requiring you to
change your password periodically. You
will be required to change your password
within 30 days to comply with new
password requirements. Thereafter, your
password will expire every 180 days.
Passwords must be a minimum of eight
characters in length and contain:
One lower case character
One upper case character
One special character
to change your password
WHAT IS CJA?
Criminal Justice Act (CJA) provides for legal
services for any person charged with a federal
offense who is financially unable to obtain
adequate representation. If the court determines
that a person is eligible for appointment of
counsel, either the Federal Public Defender or an
attorney in private practice compensated under
the CJA Plan is appointed. The Federal Public
Defender is appointed to represent approximately
75% of the financially eligible federal
defendants in the Eastern District of California.
The remaining eligible defendants are represented
by private attorneys who have qualified for
appointment under the Criminal Justice Act panel.
Attorneys selected for the federal panel must
have demonstrated experience in, and knowledge
of, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure,
Federal Rules of Evidence, Sentencing Guidelines
and the Local Rules. The application form and
further information are set forth below. The
Federal Defenders Sacramento panel
administrator, Kurt Heiser, can be reached at
(916) 498-5700 and the Fresno panel
administrator, Connie Garcia, can be reached at
The Federal Defenders Offices in Sacramento
and Fresno hold training programs for the
attorneys who are on the federal CJA panel and
provide Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE)
credits for each seminar. There is no fee to
attend and sessions are normally held in
Sacramento on the third Wednesday of the month at
5:30 p.m. in the jury
room on the fourth floor of the federal
courthouse, 501 I Street, Sacramento, and in Fresno on the
third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m. in the
jury room of the U.S. District Court, 2500 Tulare
St. in Fresno.
Forms for the use of our panel attorneys are set
- Training Handouts (see
1 Secured Documents are
available only to CJA Panel attorneys, please
contact Kurt Heiser at 916-498-5700 or fill out
the CJA Application under Public Documents.