These policies and procedures represent the guidelines of the Judicial Conference of the United States for the administration and operation of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA). The Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees an accused the right to representation by counsel in serious criminal prosecutions. Enacted in 1964, the CJA establishes a comprehensive system for appointing and compensating legal representation for accused persons who are financially unable to retain counsel in federal criminal proceedings.

Ninth Circuit CJA Compensability Handbook (April 2022)
Ninth Circuit CJA Policies and Procedures (February 2024)
CJA Billing Guide (March 2023)
CJA Plan (March 2023)
Authorization to Access CJA eVoucher Billing System
CJA Annual CLE Certification
Tucson CJA Application
3 Year CJA Reapp Form
PHX/FLG/YUMA CJA Application
9th Circuit Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (DEC 2022)
Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure (DEC 2021)
Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (DEC 2021)
Local Rules Master File (2021)
Federal Rules of Evidence (DEC 2021)
AO435 Transcript Request & Instructions
Ninth Circuit Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure 2020
Application for Employment Form AO 78
For the latest updates to the model CRIMINAL jury instructions, please refer to the online versions.
For the latest updates to the model CIVIL jury instructions, please refer to the online version.
CJA Panelist frequently used forms
Summary of 2016 Amendments to the Sentencing Guidelines