|Attention CJA Panel Attorneys:|
The hourly rate of compensation (formerly $125 for in-court services and $125 for out-of-court services) has been reduced by $15, to $110, by the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States, for work performed from September 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.
The limit on fees remains $6,900 in direct criminal and habeas appeals and $2,100 for all other appointments under the Criminal Justice Act, unless the chief judge approves a waiver of the statutory maximum.
|01/01/2010 - 08/31/2013||$125||$125|
|03/11/2009 - 12/31/2009||$110||$110|
|01/01/2008 - 03/10/2009||$100||$100|
|05/20/2007 - 12/31/2007||$94||$94|
|01/01/2006 - 05/19/2007||$92||$92|
|05/01/2002 - 12/31/2005||$90||$90|
|04/01/2001 - 04/30/2002||$75||$55|
|01/01/2000 - 03/31/2001||$70||$50|
|01/01/1996 - 12/31/1999||$65||$45|
Claims for compensation must be supported with an itemized statement of the time spent on the appeal. (Please use CJA Form 20 Worksheets.) The itemized statement must show a brief description of the services rendered broken down into the categories listed in Items 15 and 16 under the Claim for Services and Expenses section of the CJA 20 voucher.
If counsel intends to seek compensation in excess of the statutory maximum, a detailed memorandum demonstrating exactly how the appeal was extended or complex and why all the hours of work were necessary to provide fair compensation should be attached. The memorandum should detail services in narrative and statistical form indicating the nature of the service rendered, the date the service was rendered and the time expended in rendering the service. Services predating the filing of the notice of appeal are not reimbursable; services prior to that date should be submitted for payment in the district court. Also, please note that all time submitted must be done in one tenth of an hour increments.
A $6,900 limitation,
exclusive of expenses, applies to the compensation payable to appointed
attorneys in direct criminal appeals and appeals from the denial of habeas
corpus relief. For all other appointments under the Criminal Justice Act,
a $2,100 limit applies.
To obtain current per diem rate, please go to: http://www.gsa.gov/perdiem. An itemized statement containing the date of travel, destination, number of miles and rate per mile must be submitted to document this expense.
expenses must be itemized on a work sheet, indicating the date and expense
incurred. Counsel should minimize travel expenses and, if air travel is
warranted from remote geographical areas of the circuit, contact the Criminal Justice Act Clerk at the phone number listed below for authorization to obtain
governmental travel rates. This authorization should enable counsel to
obtain government rates at hotels as well. Counsel should use regular
U.S. Mail if it is less expensive than Federal Express or other private
If you have questions concerning the CJA Forms and the instructions, you may contact the Criminal Justice Act Clerk at the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals: (312) 435-5860 or the Duty Day Attorney in the Defender Services Division at (202)-502-3030.