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Criminal Justice Act Hearings to Be Aired Online

The first of a series of public hearings, conducted as part of a comprehensive and impartial review of the Criminal Justice Act, will take place November 16-17, 2015, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and can be seen live via online video.

The hearings will be held in the State Capitol Building, from 1:15-5:30 p.m. on November 16 and 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on November 17. Live video, and further information about the review process, is available at

The hearings will be conducted by the Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act, which is composed of federal judges, defense attorneys, a federal court employee, a former federal prosecutor, and a law professor. It is chaired by Judge Kathleen Cardone, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.

Over the next several months, additional hearings will be held in Miami; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; Birmingham, Ala.; Philadelphia; and Minneapolis. 

The Committee also welcomes written comments by email, at 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.

Comments may be submitted anonymously, by requesting that identifying information be concealed.

The Criminal Justice Act was passed in 1964 to create a system to provide defense services to financially eligible criminal defendants. Most federal court criminal defendants cannot afford their own lawyers and are represented by court-appointed counsel.

Judicial Conference policy supports a periodic, comprehensive and impartial review of the CJA program. The last such study was completed in 1993.


Related Topics: Defender Services