The Indiana Federal Community Defender’s Office appears initially for all clients brought into federal court who have not retained counsel. If more than one defendant is on a particular case, or if our office has another conflict with providing counsel for the defendant, we will arrange for the court to appoint a private lawyer, known as a panel attorney. Private counsel providing services under the CJA are selected from a group of expert criminal defense attorneys who have applied for membership to the panel, have been selected by the Indiana Federal Community Defender’s office, and approved by the court.  You can find contact information for your panel attorney on this page.