The California Attorneys for Criminal Justice (CACJ) is a nonprofit association
of criminal defense attorneys and allied professionals established to
improve the criminal justice system and provide continuing education of
the criminal defense bar. CACJ is not a state agency – nor are there
attorneys in our office to provide legal assistance, and we are not equipped
to provide referrals on individual cases. Depending on the nature of your case/problem or issue you may want to contact one of the following resources.
CACJ Member Search
Search our Membership Database and view our member attorneys by name or area.
Law Help CA.org
LawHelpCA.org helps people of low and moderate incomes find free legal
information and legal aid programs in their communities
The CA State Bar Referral Program
For a recorded message that can provide you with phone numbers of such
services in your county, call 866-44-CA-LAW (866-442-2529). If you are
out of state, you can call 415-538-2250 to hear the same recorded message.
Pro Bono Project
Pro Bono Project has been dedicated
to representing clients of limited means and improving access to justice.
Pro Bono Project utilizes talented and caring attorneys who volunteer
their time and energy to work on full and limited scope pro bono cases
in family law, domestic violence, and consumer law.
Prison Law Office
The Prison Law Office provides free legal services to California state
prisoners and occasionally to California state parolees. They represent
individual prisoners, engage in class action and other impact-litigation,
and educate the public about prison conditions. They also provide self-help
and informational materials to prisoners, including a habeas corpus manual,
parolee rights manual and personal injury lawsuit packet, as well as material
regarding administrative remedies, divorce, guard brutality, immigration,
loss of personal property, plea bargains, release dates, workers’
compensation and work-time credits.
My Prop 47
Individuals who are currently incarcerated for offenses committed in the
state of California that are impacted by Proposition 47 can seek to be
resentenced and released (this is known as resentencing).
Individuals who have been previously convicted of these felonies for crimes
committed in the state of California can apply to have them changed on
their record to misdemeanors (this is known as reclassification). Removal
of a felony record can reduce immigration consequences and help remove
barriers to jobs, housing and stability.
California Appellate Project
The California Appellate Project in San Francisco (CAP-SF) is a non-profit
corporation established by the State Bar of California in 1983 as a legal
resource center to implement the constitutional right to counsel for indigent
persons facing execution. CAP serves the largest population of condemned
individuals in the country and is funded primarily by a contract with
the Judicial Council of California.
Appellate Project; California Appellate Project Los Angeles, Central California
Appellate Program, Appellate Defenders Inc., and the Sixth District Appellate
Project (Central California Appellate Program in Sacramento serves both
the 3rd and 5th districts.) CAP’s office in Los Angeles (CAP-LA)
contracts to serve the Second Appellate District for non-capital appeals
only. CAP-LA does not deal with any capital cases, and neither do any
of the other Court of Appeal projects. The CAP-SF office assists only
in capital appeals.
First District Appellate Project
California Appellate Project – LA
Appellate Defenders Inc.
Sixth District Appellate Project
Central California Appellate Program (CCAP)