Criminal Justice Section

The Unified Voice of Criminal Justice  -- With its diverse membership of judges, private criminal defense attorneys, prosecutors, public defenders, academics, and other professionals, the Section is uniquely situated to bring all the various actors to the table to address today's most pressing criminal justice issues.                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

Our Work

Policy Development and Action

In addition to developing the well-regarded Criminal Justice Standards, the Criminal Justice Section formulates ABA policies and resolutions related to criminal justice.

CJS Policy Initiatives


About the Section

Founded in 1920, the ABA Criminal Justice Section has over 16,000 members including prosecutors, private defense counsel, appellate and trial judges, law professors, correctional and law enforcement personnel, law students, public defenders, and other criminal justice professionals.

More about the Criminal Justice Section

View Chair's Message - Intro to CJS Resources

New CJS Podcast "JustPod"

The JustPod is now live. Currently available on Spotify, Stitcher and iTunes. Hear highlights of CJS policy initiatives, programs and activities.


Listen - Via iTunes

Member Testimonial

More Testimonials

The ABA Criminal Justice Section is the most active and diverse criminal justice organization in the country. There are valuable opportunities for your participation.

View - Our Playlist

Join Us

JOIN the ABA Criminal Justice Section ... ENGAGE ... by means of speaking and publishing opportunities; DEVELOP ... as a result of global networking and career development through substantive committee, task force and CLE participation; LEAD ... by way of influencing ABA and federal policy and standards for criminal justice.

Criminal Justice Standards

For fifty years, the ABA Criminal Justice Standards have guided policymakers and practitioners working in the criminal justice arena.

Contact Us

The American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section 1050 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036 Main Tel: (202) 662-1500 Email: Social Media Hashtag: #ABACJS.