Criminal Justice Act Panel Opportunities

 The Criminal Justice Act Panel application period for the Northern District of California is now open. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California is committed to increasing the diversity on our CJA Panel and is specifically reaching out to your organization with this goal in mind. Please distribute this announcement to your members. 

Instructions on how to apply to the panels, and the application packets, are available on the Federal Public Defender website: The application period will close on Friday, February 14, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. 

Within the next few months, the Court hopes to expand the panel to include a second tier which will allow less experienced practitioners to be assigned less serious cases. This concept is under consideration by the Ninth Circuit and we will notify you when we open the applications to this second tier. 

If you have any question, please feel free to contact Diana Weiss, CJA Supervising Attorney, at or 415-522-2822.