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   district is encouraged to create boards that are representative of and responsive to local needs. While judges will be involved in initial appointment, boards should
be self-perpetuating, and judges may not serve as board members. As is the case now with some defender offices, multiple districts may be served by a single board. Each board will be composed of an uneven number of members of the legal com- munity with a demonstrated knowledge of and commitment to public defense.
Board members, who should serve without compensation, may be asked to serve for five-year staggered terms and remain on the board until their vacancy is filled.
Each local board must appoint the CJA panel attorney administrator(s) with the authority to hire any necessary staff to manage the panel and review vouchers.
Local boards should collaborate with leadership of the defender office to develop a district plan to be approved by the independent national defense com- mission. Like the current CJA plans, these plans would address the recruitment, selection, retention, and removal of panel attorneys, and would incorporate best practices as outlined in the current CJA Model Plan. Panel administrators would implement a system for voucher review and create an appeal process for those attorneys whose vouchers are cut for non-mathematical reasons.
Case budgeting attorneys will be employed by the commission and will be accessible to local panel administrators.
13.3 Benefits of the Recommended Structure
Creating a new agency outside the governing structure of the JCUS and the AO that can continue to utilize resources through the AO would control costs and would be least likely to disrupt the ongoing provision of public defense counsel. Our proposed structure would still, however, give the new entity the indepen- dence necessary to carry out its mission. As detailed in this report the benefits would be myriad. The recommended structure also incorporates the recommen- dations of the Defender Services Committee,1114 federal and community defend- ers,1115 and panel attorneys.1116
1114 LetterfromChiefJudgeCatherineC.Blake,ChairofDefenderServicesCommittee,toJudge Kathleen Cardone, July 22, 2016. Please see Appendix I.: Position Letter from Defender Services Committee.
1115 LetterfromJonM.Sands,FPD,D.Ariz.,andLeighSkipper,Exec.Dir.,CDO,E.D.Pa.,“Re: Reformation of the CJA Program,” March 25, 2016. Please see Appendix J: Position Letter from Federal Defenders.
1116 LetterfromGilbertA.Schaffnit,MelanieS.Morgan,VictoriaBonilla-Argudo,LisaS.Costner,and Chip S. Frensley, CJA Panel Atty. Dist. Reps., to Judge Kathleen Cardone, “Re: PADRs’ Consensus View on Issues Facing CJA Panel Attorneys,” Letter from Panel Attorney District Representatives, July 6, 2016. Appendix K: Position letter from Defender Services Advisory Group.
No recommendation presented herein represents
the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United 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 247
 States unless approved by the Conference itself.

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