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Criminal Justice Act Information

Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorneys. Effective 5/5/2017, the CJA rate is $132.00 per hour for in-court and out-of-court work in all judicial districts for private "panel" attorneys accepting appointments under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), 18 U.S.C. § 3006A.

The following are case maximums: $10,300.00 for felonies, $2,900.00 for misdemeanors, $2,200.00 for supervised release violations and witness representations.

For federal capital prosecutions and capital post-conviction proceedings, the hourly rate is $185.00.

The current mileage rate is $0.545 per mile (1/1/18).

Under the Courtís CJA Plan, existing panel members are assigned to one of three groups.† Pursuant to a staggered application process, existing panel members are required to reapply for membership every three years.† Attorneys who are not currently members of the CJA panel may apply to become a panel member in any given year.† In order to be considered for 2019 panel membership, non-panel members must submit a panel membership application to the Chair of the CJA Standing Committee on or before September 30, 2018.† This requirement will renew from year to year, making the applicable deadline September 30th of the next calendar year for membership in the following year.

REVISED Mentoring Guidelines effective 2018

REVISED CJA Plan Revised: 6/22/2017



CJA link

eVoucher training links...

Counsel, please refer to the links below for updated information regarding the CJA process.

CJA Form 20, Appointment of and Authority to Pay Court Appointed Counsel

CJA Form 21, Authorization and Voucher for Expert and other Services
CJA Form 21 Instructions

CJA Form 23, Financial Affidavit (164 kb)

CJA Form 24, Authorization and Voucher for Payment of Transcript
CJA Form 24 Instructions

CJA 26 Form, Statement for a Compensation Claim in Excess of the Statutory Case Compensation Maximum: District Court

CJA 28A Form, Detailed Summary Worksheet for Non-capital Representations

CJA 28B Form, Detailed Budget Worksheet for Non-capital Representations

OBD-3 Fact Witness Voucher (104 Kb)

CJA Form 30, Death Penalty Proceedings: Appointment of and Authority to Pay Court Appointed Counsel

CJA Form 31, Death Penalty Proceedings: Ex Parte Request for Authorization and Voucher for Expert and Other Services

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