CJA Panel training will be on Wednesday,
May 15th at 5:00 p.m. in the jury lounge
of the U.S. District Court, 501 I Street.
Attorney Rachelle Barbour, Dr. Baljit
Atwal, and Dr. Marion Chiurazzi will be
presenting Representing a Suicidal
Client: Ethical and Practical
CJA Panel training will be on Tuesday,
May 21st at 5:30 p.m. at the jury
assembly room of the U.S. District Court
in Fresno. U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara
A. McAuliffe will be presenting
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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 5:45 p.m. at the
Downtown Club, 2120 Kern Street, 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.