Criminal Justice Act
CJA Panel Attorney Hourly Rates To Increase March 1, 2014
Pursuant to approval by the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference, panel attorney hourly rates will increase for work performed on or after March 1, 2014, to $126 for non-capital representations and $180 for capital representations.
Case Compensation Maximums
Panel attorney case compensation maximum amounts of $9,700 and $6,900 have increased by $100 to $9,800 and $7,000, respectively. Case compensation maximum amounts of $2,800 and $2,100 remain the same.
The new compensation maximums apply to representations completed on or after March 1, 2014.
The former case compensation maximums apply to representations completed before March 1, 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.