Criminal Justice Act

Under the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. §3006A, all persons charged with federal criminal offenses who are financially unable to obtain counsel are entitled to appointment of counsel to represent them. Under the Court’s Criminal Justice Act (CJA) plan, the Office of the Federal Public Defender is appointed to represent approximately 80% of the financially eligible defendants in the Virgin Islands. The remaining eligible defendants are represented by private attorneys. These private attorneys are qualified by the Criminal Justice Act Committee of the Court and admitted to panels of attorneys eligible for appointment in federal criminal cases

CJA Information

The following documents and links are for information related to Criminal Justice Act attorneys.

CJA Rates and Maximums – CJA rates, case maximums, and reminders

National CJA Voucher Reference Tool – The purpose of the on-line Reference Tool is to provide quick access to the policies and procedures related to Criminal Justice Act (CJA) cases, beginning with the appointment of panel attorneys and continuing through the processing of vouchers to the approval of payment for services rendered.

CJA 20 Worksheets – In-Court, Out-of-Court, and Other Expense Worksheets

CJA 21 – Authorization and Voucher for Expert and Other Services

CJA 21 – Instructions for completing CJA Form 21.

CJA 24 – Authorization and Voucher for Payment of Transcript

CJA 24 – Instructions for completing CJA Form 24

CJA 26 – Statement for a Compensation Claim in Excess of the Statutory Case Compensation Maximum: District Court

CJA 26A – Guidance to Attorneys in Drafting the Memorandum Required for a Compensation Claim in Excess of the Case Compensation Maximum