Criminal Justice Act Information

The Criminal Justice Act (CJA) was enacted in 1964. The CJA establishes a system for the judicial appointment and compensation for attorneys representing people who are financially unable to retain counsel in federal criminal proceedings.

Administration of Utah’s CJA panel of attorneys is within the Federal Public Defender’s office. The CJA Supervising Attorney for the District of Utah is Joanna Landau who can be reached through the office phone, or by email here: Contact me.

The CJA requires each district court to establish a plan for furnishing representation for any person financially unable to obtain adequate representation. The CJA Plan for the District of Utah and related information can be found here

CJA resources for current CJA panel members and prospective applicants

Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Guidelines and The Guide to Judiciary Policy

Defender Services has many CJA resources and information

eVoucher Logon for CJA panel attorneys and service providers.
eVoucher is the electronic CJA voucher system, which allows for the creation, submission and tracking of all CJA related vouchers and authorizations.

GSA Travel

Utah CJA 2023 Handbook

CJA Plan D UT 2023

New 2023 CJA Rates


CJA 20 & 21 Billing tips

The eVoucher Attorney User Manual

The eVoucher Service Provider Manual

Local CJA Information

If you are interested in applying to join the Utah CJA Panel, in Salt Lake City or St. George, please contact Joanna Landau for information on how to apply. Applicants must be members in good standing of the bar of the United States District Court and the Utah State Bar, and must have an interest in providing criminal defense representation with a strong reputation for effective representation of clients. Members of our CJA Panel are required to participate in six hours of training in federal criminal practice each year.

The United States District Court and Federal Public Defender for the District of Utah accepts applications to the Criminal Justice Act (CJA)Panel of attorneys once or twice a year, as needed. Contact Joanna Landau to see if the applications are open. Applications must be submitted by December 1, for consideration to be on the CJA Panel for the following year. Attorneys interested in appointment to the CJA Panel must submit a completed application and email a writing sample and resume to (do not email applications).

New CJA Attorney Application

Applicants must be members in good standing of the Utah State Bar and the bar of the United States District Court. Applicants must have a strong reputation for competent and zealous representation, must have demonstrated federal experience, and a strong interest in providing criminal defense services to individuals who cannot afford counsel. If an attorneys lacks the requisite federal experience, s/he may apply to the Second Chair Program, which is a two year program designed to expose experienced attorneys to federal criminal defense practice. Interested applicants to the Second Chair Program should apply as outlined above.

We are establishing a Second Chair Program for attorneys with less experience in federal court, but who have significant state court experience, and are willing to participate in the Second Chair Program before they apply for CJA Panel Membership.

Second Chair Program More information is HERE.

For CJA Attorneys

Budgeting Help (for cases with more than 300 hours of attorney work). 

National Resources for CJA Attorneys

Utah CJA Resource Team Contact: Email or call the office

  • Joanna Landau, CJA Resource Attorney
  • Cynthia Olivares, CJA Administrative Assistant
  • Jon D. Williams, CJA Panel Representative
    9 Exchange Place, Suite 600, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
    Phone: 801-746-1460, Email: