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April 2016 , Page 09 

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Inside NACDL: Federal CJA Panel Attorneys: Speak Now, or...

By Norman L. Reimer

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Editor’s Note: The Criminal Justice Act (CJA) established the nation’s federal public defense system more than 50 years ago. That system includes federal defender offices or federal community defenders in most districts, as well as more than 10,000 private attorneys who handle cases by court appointment through their service on a CJA panel. Last year, NACDL released a major study on the federal public defense system titled “Federal Indigent Defense 2015: The Independence Initiative.” The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has established an Ad Hoc Committee to Review the Criminal Justice Act. That committee is conducting national hearings and will be soliciting input until June. The National Conference of CJA Panel District Representatives invited NACDL Executive Director Norman L. Reimer to address attendees at its national conference of CJA panel representatives at its March 2016 meeting in San Francisco. In his remarks, Reimer discussed the reasons it is

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