Welcome to the CJA Study Committee website!

One of the most significant pieces of legislation concerning the federal criminal justice system, the Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”), 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, secures the Sixth Amendment’s right to counsel for federal criminal defendants.  Enacted in 1964, the CJA provides a system for appointing and compensating lawyers to represent defendants financially unable to retain counsel or other defense services in federal criminal proceedings.  Learn more about the CJA and the current program here.

The Committee is charged with conducting a comprehensive and impartial review of the CJA program.  The Committee will take a hard look at the strengths and weaknesses of the program, and invites participation from all stakeholders to accomplish this important task. 

To learn more about the Committee and how you can participate, visit our FAQs section.