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    Panel Training is on Summer Vacation!!
    Enjoy your summer and see you on September 16th in Sacramento and September 15th in Fresno!

  • 14th 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 welcome.

  • CJA eVoucher users:

    eVoucher will be down 6/20 and 6/21 for an upgrade.

    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 number
    • One special character

    Instructions to change your password


The 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 Defender’s Sacramento panel administrator, Kurt Heiser, can be reached at (916) 498-5700 and the Fresno panel administrator, Connie Garcia, can be reached at (559) 487-5561.

The Federal Defender’s 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 forth below.


  • Training Handouts (see secured documents)

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.


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