WOULD YOU LIKE TO BECOME A MEMBER
OF THE CORPUS CHRISTI DIVISION 2015
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT PANEL?
Application Deadline: December 15, 2014
Electronic Submission Required
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas has adopted a Criminal Justice Act Plan entitled: Corpus Christi Division CJA Plan. Under this Plan, the Court will establish a panel in the Corpus Christi Division of approximately 100 attorneys, who are eligible and willing to be appointed under the Criminal Justice Act to provide representation to defendants who cannot afford counsel.
All attorneys seeking CJA appointments in Corpus Christi must submit an application and be approved for CJA appointments, regardless of previous service. While previous membership on the CJA panel may be considered, it is not a guarantee of future membership. To facilitate the transition, however, attorneys currently on the Panel will continue to receive appointments until January 1, 2015, or until the new Panel is appointed. The Panel Selection Committee will meet to consider applications in early January 2015. Please submit your application on or before December 15, 2014, if you wish to receive appointments after January 1, 2015. Applications submitted after December 15th will be considered at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Panel Selection Committee.
Attorneys who serve on the CJA Panel must be members in good standing of the Southern District of Texas, and have demonstrated experience in, and knowledge of federal practice and procedure. We are looking for attorneys with a commitment to representing individuals who are unable to afford adequate representation in the defense of federal criminal cases both at trial and on appeal.
Rates of compensation for panel attorneys in federal criminal cases are currently set at $126 per hour for non-capital cases, and $180 per hour for capital cases. All rates are subject to case compensation maximums.
Instructions for Completing Application
Application for membership MUST BE SUBMITTED ELECTRONICALLY. Hard copies of the application will not be accepted. A link to the application is available on the website for the Southern District of Texas, www.txs.uscourts.gov.
If you have difficulty accessing or completing the application, please contact Marianne Serpa or Sondra Scotch with Clerk’s Office for the United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, by phone at (361)888-3142, or by e-mail: Marianne_Serpa@txs.uscourts.gov or Sondra_Scotch@txs.uscourts.gov.
If you have questions about the application or selection process, you may contact any of the following committee members: