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U.S. District Court
Northern District of Alabama

CJA Application Form For Appointments


Welcome to the Northern District of Alabama’s online application process for seeking appointment to the Criminal Justice Act panel for the Northern District. This application process is the culmination of several years of work by the Court to upgrade and strengthen the representation provided to indigent defendants. The Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) panel is composed of 75 lawyers selected by the court through this process after a committee composed of a district judge, a magistrate judge, the Court Resource Counsel, and five other members of the bar has thoroughly and carefully reviewed all applications. All recommendations to the Court concerning membership will be made by majority vote of the CJA Administrative Committee. Attorneys selected to serve on the panel shall be appointed for renewable three-year terms. Applications for consideration for appointment to the panel are due by May 1, 2007.

The Court recognizes the value of having a diverse membership on the panel, and every effort will be made to fill the panel with a wide cross-section of the entire bar practicing in the federal criminal area. Although the selection process strives to be open, fair, and non-discriminatory, it also will seeks to ensure diversity–whether based on race, gender, ethnicity or geography.

In filling out the application, please complete all questions. For those questions that do not apply, indicate such with “N/A.” Please include any information you think bears upon your qualifications for representing indigent defendants, even if the application does not explicitly request the information. If necessary, you may mail additional information to the Clerk, identified with your name, address, and telephone number, and it will be linked to your online application.

Beginning on July 1, 2007, all appointments under the Criminal Justice Act will be made from the newly-constituted CJA Panel. Routinely, appointments will be made by random computer draw from the names on the Panel. The goal is to fairly and evenly divide the appointments among all members of the Panel and to assure defendants the fairest opportunity for receiving zealous and competent counsel.

CJA Application Form for the Northern District of Alabama