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Criminal Justice Act

CJA News:

CJA Panel Attorney Hourly Rates To Increase January 1, 2015
Posted: 1/1/2015

Effective January 1, 2015, CJA hourly rates have increased from $126 to $127 for non-capital work; and from $180 to $181 for capital work performed on or after January 1, 2015. Where the appointment of counsel occurred before this effective date, the new compensation rates apply to that portion of services provided on or after January 1, 2015.

As a result of the increase to hourly rates, panel attorney case compensation maximum amounts of $9,800 and $7,000 will increase by $100 to $9,900 and $7,100 respectively. The case maximum amounts of $2,800 and $2,100 remain the same. The new case compensation maximums apply to appointed counsel for a representation if that attorney furnished any CJA-compensable work on or after January 1, 2015. The former case compensation maximums apply to appointed counsel for a representation if that attorney's work was completed before January 1, 2015.

Questions regarding this memorandum may be directed to the CJA Clerk, at (210) 244-2829 or (210) 244-2832.

 

Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorney Information

In conjunction with the implementation of the new CJA Panel Attorney Payment System, CJA Forms 20, 21, 24, 30 and 31, used for the appointment of and claims for counsel, experts, court reporters, and other service providers under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), were revised in May of 1999. The revised forms are not multi-page carbon sets, but a single-page form. Instructions are not attached to the forms. Although the revised forms are not substantially different from the old version, the instructions provided are for your use. The additional data elements being requested on the new forms are explained in the instructions.

It is very important that you maintain complete and accurate records reflecting the time spent in conference with your client, as well as the advice or instructions provided. You should have a record of your time in Court on behalf of your client, in addition to anything else done in connection with that case. Please use the worksheets below to satisfy this requirement.

For further information and support, you may wish to access the web site of The Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Texas.

Additional forms are available from the U.S. Courts web site. You can also visit the CJA home page for the 5th Circuit.

U.S. Attorney (Texas/Western), Illegal Reentry Fast-Track Program