hCINAP is a highly conserved and ubiquitously expressed protein in eukaryotic organisms and its overexpression decreases the average number of Cajal bodies (CBs) with diverse nuclear functions. Here, we report that hCINAP is associated with important components of CBs. Depletion of hCINAP by RNA interference causes defects in CB formation and disrupts subcellular localizations of its components including coilin, survival motor neurons protein, spliceosomal small nuclear ribonucleoproteins, and nuclear protein ataxia-telangiectasia. Moreover, knockdown of hCINAP expression results in marked reduction of histone transcription, lower levels of U small nuclear RNAs (U1, U2, U4, and U5), and a loss of cell viability. Detection of increased caspase-3 activities in hCINAP-depleted cells indicate that apoptosis is one of the reasons for the loss of viability. Altogether, these data suggest that hCINAP is essential for the formation of canonical CBs, histone transcription, and cell viability.