Tuesday, April 17, 2018

CJA applications & revised CJA plan

CJA applications due May 15, 2018

The deadline for submitting applications for the District of Kansas CJA panel is May 15, 2018. Applications for attorneys who are not currently on the panel and reapplications for those nearing the end of their three-year term, are available here. All attorneys whose terms are expiring (and thus need to reapply) have been notified by email. Please share this information with anyone who might be interested in applying for the panel. The new terms begin July 1, 2018 and end on June 30, 2021.

Revised CJA plan 
A number of revisions were recently made to the Kansas CJA Plan. Some highlights are below. The Plan, which took effect on March 17, 2018, is here.
Pretrial Service Interview. A number of changes will help ensure that counsel is provided as early in the process as practicable. Under the new Plan, the pretrial services officers are to provide counsel notice and a reasonable opportunity to attend the pretrial interview.
Membership of CJA Selection Committees.  The term for panel attorneys to serve on the CJA Selection Committee has been set at three years. (The current panel committee members are Michael Shultz (Wichita); Dionne Scherff (KC); and Jason Hoffman (Topeka)).

Removal from the Panel. The new plan provides a process for removal of any attorney from the panel during their three-year term. Cause for removal includes failing to fulfill the requirements of CJA panel membership, including the failure to provide high-quality representation to CJA clients. If removal is considered by the Committee, the panel attorney will be provided notice of the specific allegations and will have an opportunity to respond. This process does not apply to attorneys who have reached the end of their term and are reapplying.
Timely Submission of Vouchers.  Under the national rules, vouchers are to be submitted within 45 days of the final disposition of the case. The Kansas Plan acknowledges this but now requires that a Statement of Exceptional Circumstances be uploaded to any voucher that is submitted later than 180 days after the final disposition of the case. The Statement is to set forth the reasons for the late submission.

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