Criminal Justice Act
Reduction in the CJA Panel Attorney Hourly Rates, Effective September 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014
The Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States has determined that it is necessary to implement a temporary emergency $15 reduction in the hourly rates of compensation for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) "panel" attorneys appointed to represent eligible persons under the CJA, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996 (AEDPA). Additional information is available in the attachment below.
Attachment: Reduction in the CJA Panel Attorney Hourly Rates, Effective September 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014
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.