Criminal Justice Act Information
Criminal Justice Act Panel Attorneys. Effective 1/1/2020, the CJA rate is $155.00 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: $12,100.00 for felonies, $3,400.00 for misdemeanors, $2,600.00 for supervised release violations and witness representations.
For federal capital prosecutions and capital post-conviction proceedings, the hourly rate is $197.00.
Compensation maximums for expert service providers is $2,700.00; $900.00 or less without prior authorization. Court appointed counsel should file an ex parte motion and proposed order for expert services exceeding $900.00.
The current mileage rate is $0.56 per mile (1/1/21).
Under the Court's 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
CJA Plan Revised: 4/10/2020
eVoucher training links...
- Introduction to eVoucher 06/03/14 10:52 minutes
- Creating a New CJA20/30 Voucher 06/18/14 8:20 minutes
- CJA Expert Service and Authorization 04/01/14 8:01 minutes
Counsel, please refer to the links below for updated information regarding the CJA process.
- Expert Provider Rate Ranges (Updated 6/15/2018)
- National CJA Voucher Reference Tool
- Federal Public Defender Website
- Guide to Judiciary Policy - Volume 7 Defender Services
- Guide to Judiciary Policy - Volume 19 Travel Regulations
CJA Form 19, NOTICE TO COURT-APPOINTED COUNSEL OF PUBLIC DISCLOSURE OF ATTORNEY FEE INFORMATION
CJA Form 20, Appointment of and Authority to Pay Court Appointed Counsel
- CJA PDF Form 20 Instructions
CJA Form 23, Financial Affidavit (164 kb)
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)