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 Recommended Course of Action: Create an Independent Defender Commission
National Structure and Administration
This Committee unanimously recommends that Congress create an independent Defender Commission within the judicial branch of government, but outside the oversight of the Judicial Conference. The Commission would have sole authority to set policy and practices related to the provisions of federal defense. Specifically, the Commission would have the power to:
1. Establish general policies and rules as necessary to carry out the purposes of the CJA
2. Appoint and fix the salaries and duties of a director and senior staff
3. Select and appoint federal defenders and determine the length of term
4. Issue instruction to, monitor the performance of, and ensure payment of defense counsel
5. Determine, submit, and support annual appropriations requests to Congress
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 xxxi
States unless approved by the Conference itself.

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