The Tenth Circuit’s Criminal Justice Act (18 U.S.C. § 3006A, CJA) Standing Committee is established under the court’s CJA Plan and appointed by the Chief Judge of the court. The permanent chair is the Federal Public Defender for the Districts of Colorado and Wyoming.
The committee is composed of seven attorneys in addition to the chair: two lawyers from Oklahoma, and one lawyer each from Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. One of these additional attorneys must be another Federal Public Defender. Each member may serve two consecutive three-year terms.
The Standing Committee meets once annually in Denver to review the qualifications of applicants for the appellate CJA attorney panel, conduct such further inquiries as may be needed, investigate complaints concerning appellate panel attorneys and make recommendations to the court regarding the appointment to and removal of attorneys from the panel. It also reviews the operations of the appellate CJA attorney panel and makes recommendations regarding any necessary changes. The committee’s recommendations are confidential and the court’s decisions regarding such recommendations are final.
The court’s liaison to the committee is CJA Supervising Attorney, SueAnn Fitch, who may be contacted at 303.335.2846 or SueAnn_Fitch@ca10.uscourts.gov