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Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney Information

In conjunction with the implementation of the new CJA Panel Attorney Payment System, CJA Forms 20, 21, 24, 30 and 31, used for the appointment of and claims for counsel, experts, court reporters, and other service providers under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), were revised in May of 1999. The revised forms are not multi-page carbon sets, but a single-page form. Instructions are not attached to the forms. Although the revised forms are not substantially different from the old version, the instructions provided are for your use. The additional data elements being requested on the new forms are explained in the instructions.

It is very important that you maintain complete and accurate records reflecting the time spent in conference with your client, as well as the advice or instructions provided. You should have a record of your time in Court on behalf of your client, in addition to anything else done in connection with that case. Please use the worksheets below to satisfy this requirement.

For further information and support, you may wish to access the web site of The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas.

Additional forms are available from the U.S. Courts web site. You can also visit the CJA home page for the 5th Circuit.

U.S. Attorney (Texas/Western), Illegal Reentry Fast-Track Program