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FAQs for Non Panel Members


What are the requirements to remain on the felony panel?

One case assignment per year is required and the panel attorney must attend one felony panel training session each year. The felony panel training sessions are held in Baltimore in May and in Greenbelt in November.

How do I apply for membership on the CJA panel?

Download the application from the forms on our website. The court has two CJA panels, a misdemeanor panel and a felony panel. Felony panel applications are considered each Spring by the CJA Committee. Attorneys must have felony trial experience to apply for the felony panel.

How many CJA assignments can I expect to receive from the court?

It varies. The misdemeanor panel contains a large number of attorneys. While every effort is made to fairly rotate the number of appointments, the size of the misdemeanor panel means that no attorney can expect a sizeable number of misdemeanor case appointments. Many of the misdemeanor cases are handled by CJA misdemeanor duty attorneys, as explained below. The court keeps the size of the panel small, so each felony panel attorney receives a sufficient number of appointments to remain current in the application of the federal sentencing guidelines. This means that every felony panel attorney can expect to receive at least one CJA felony appointment per year. Depending on your availability and willingness to accept cases that are expected to last more than two weeks in trial, you could receive more appointments.

What are the requirements to remain on the felony panel?

One case assignment per year is required and the panel attorney must attend one felony panel training session each year. The felony panel training sessions are held in Baltimore in May and in Greenbelt in November.

What are the case compensation maximums?

  • Felony $9,700.00
  • Misdemeanor $2,800.00
  • Non-capital habeas $9,700.00
  • Witness/Target $2,100.00
  • Appeal $6,900.00