The CJA Unit within the office of the Federal Public Defender will contact you directly. Upon acceptance of a new case, the CJA Unit will submit an order to the Court for review and filing.
You may begin billing when the court enters the order appointing counsel. Any work done prior to the order is not compensable unless the order has a nunc pro tunc date.
Each member of the panel is required to complete six hours of training in federal criminal practice per year. At least three hours must be on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. For attorneys assigned to the appellate or habeas panels, at least three hours must be on appellate or habeas issues.
The office of the Federal Public Defender provides at least 12 hours of training every year, which includes training in appellate and habeas law. These trainings are free.