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Miami Hearings Next in CJA Review

The next in an ongoing series of public hearings looking at the Criminal Justice Act will be held in January 2016 in Miami, Florida. Hearings also are scheduled in February in Portland, Oregon, and in Birmingham, Alabama, and in the following months in San Francisco, Philadelphia and Minneapolis.

Miami, FL hearings:

Monday, January 11, 2016 – first panel beginning at 1:00 PM EST
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 – first panel beginning at 8:30 AM EST
Ceremonial Courtroom, 13th Floor
Wilkie D. Ferguson US Courthouse
400 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33128

The hearings are part of a comprehensive 2-year review of the Criminal Justice Act begun in 2015 by the Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act Program.

Watch the first hearing, held in Santa Fe, New Mexico in November 2015, online. Focus at this hearing was on Criminal Justice Act issues involving Native Americans, the border, and training of criminal defense attorneys.

Unable to attend a public hearing? Send written comments to Comments also can be mailed to:

CJA Study Committee
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, Suite 4-210
One Columbus Circle N.E.
Washington, DC 20544.

To submit comments anonymously request that identifying information be concealed.

In 1964 the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, created a system for appointing and compensating lawyers to represent defendants financially unable to retain counsel or other defense services in federal criminal proceedings. Judicial Conference policy supports a periodic, comprehensive and impartial review of the CJA program. The last such study was completed in 1993.