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 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
 12. The Judicial Conference should develop a policy in which judges defer to DSO recommendations and accepted staffing formulas when setting staffing levels.
13. Circuit court judges should implement DSO staffing formulas when approving the number of assistant federal defenders in a district.
14. Modify the work measurement formulas to:
ffReflect the staff needed for defender offices to provide more training for
defenders and panel attorneys.
ffSupport defender offices in hiring attorneys directly out of law school or in their first years of practice, so that the offices may draw from a more diverse pool of candidates.
15. Every district should form a committee, or designate a CJA supervisory
or administrative attorney or a defender office, to manage the selection, appointment, retention, and removal of panel attorneys. The process must incorporate judicial input into panel administration.
16. Every district should have an appeal process for panel attorneys who wish to challenge any non-mathematical voucher reductions.
ffEvery district should designate a CJA Committee that will determine how to process appeals.
ffAny proposed reasonableness reduction shall be subject to review by the designated CJA review committee that will issue a recommendation to the judge.
Standards of Practice and Training
17. DSO should regularly update and disseminate best practices.
18. DSO should compile and share best practices for recruiting, interviewing, and hiring staff, as well as the selection of panel members, to assist in creating a diversified workforce.
19. All districts must develop, regularly review and update, and adhere to a CJA plan as per JCUS policy. Reference should be made to the most recent model plan and best practices. The plan should include:
ffProvision for appointing CJA panel attorneys to a sufficient number of cases per year so that these attorneys remain proficient in criminal defense work.
ffA training requirement to be appointed to and then remain on the panel. ffA mentoring program to increase the pool of qualified candidates
No recommendation presented herein represents xxxviii 2 0 1 7 R E P O R T O F T H E A D H O C C O M M I T T E E T O R E V I E W T H E C R I M I N A L J U S T I C E A C T the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States unless approved by the Conference itself.
















































































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