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Mileage (All Claims)

  8/1/2008 to 1/31/2009 $ .585 per mile
  2/1/2009 to 12/31/2009 $ .55 per mile
  1/1/2010 to 12/31/2010 $ .50 per mile
  1/1/2011 to 4/16/2012 $ .51 per mile
  4/17/2012 to 12/31/2012 $ .555 per mile
  1/1/2013 to 12/31/2013 $ .565 per mile
  1/1/2014 to present $ .56 per mile

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IN COURT

  January 1, 2008 to March 10, 2009 $ 100.00 per hour
  March 11, 2009 to December 31, 2009 $ 110.00 per hour
  January 1, 2010 to August 31, 2013 $ 125.00 per hour
  September 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014 $ 110.00 per hour
  March 1, 2014 to Present $ 126.00 per hour

OUT OF COURT

  January 1, 2008 to March 10, 2009 $ 100.00 per hour
  March 11, 2009 to December 31, 2009 $ 110.00 per hour
  January 1, 2010 to August 31, 2013 $ 125.00 per hour
  September 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014 $ 110.00 per hour
  March 1, 2014 to Present $ 126.00 per hour

MAXIMUM WITHOUT CIRCUIT APPROVAL

 
December 8, 2004 to October 12, 2008
$ 7,000.00 (Felony) $5,000.00 (Appeal)
   
$ 2,000.00 (Misdemeanor) $5,000 (Appeal)
 
October 13, 2008 to March 10, 2009
$ 7,800.00 (Felony) $5,600.00 (Appeal)
   
$ 2,200.00 (Misdemeanor) $5,600 (Appeal)
 
March 11, 2009 to December 31, 2009
$ 8,600.00 (Felony) $6,100.00 (Appeal)
   
$ 2,400.00 (Misdemeanor) $6,100 (Appeal)
 
January 1, 2010 to February 28, 2014
$ 9,700.00 (Felony) $6,900.00 (Appeal)
   
$ 2,800.00 (Misdemeanor) $6,900 (Appeal)
  March 1, 2014 to Present
$ 9,800.00 (Felony) $7,000.00 (Appeal)
   
$ 2,800.00 (Misdemeanor) $7,000 (Appeal)

For representation other than a criminal case, such as supervised release, probation revocation and material witness, the local maximum before circuit approval is $2,100. The attorney will need to send a letter to the local judge requesting any amount exceeding the local maximum. In the case of multiple material witnesses the attorney is allowed $2,100 per material witness.

Any request for compensation in excess of the prevailing maximum, either because of the hourly rate or the total amount requested, must be justified by the requesting attorney in a written submission filed with the district judge handling the case. The district judge will forward the fee request to the chief judge of the circuit with a brief written statement recommending approval or denial of the request.

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Expert Services

For services provided through May 26, 2010 Maximum without Circuit approval - $1,600
    (Case compensation maximum without prior authorization is limited to $500)

For services provided on or after May 27, 2010 Maximum without Circuit approval - $2,400
    (Case compensation maximum without prior authorization is limited to $800)

Receipt or invoice always required.

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Death Penalty

IN COURT OR OUT OF COURT -

MAXIMUM WITHOUT CIRCUIT APPROVAL -

 
In federal capital prosecutions - $100,000
In 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or §2255 cases - $35,000
  January 1, 2008 to March 10, 2009 $170.00 per hour
  March 11, 2009 to December 31, 2009 $175.00 per hour
  January 1, 2010 to August 31, 2013 $178.00 per hour
  September 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014 $163.00 per hour
  March 1, 2014 to Present $180.00 per hour

Special Fifth Circuit Procedures

Any request for compensation in excess of the maximums, either because of the hourly rate or the total amount requested, must be justified by the requesting attorney in a written submission filed with the district judge. The district judge will forward the request to the chief judge of the circuit with a brief written statement recommending approval or denial of the request.

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Death Penalty - Expert Services

MAXIMUM WITHOUT CIRCUIT APPROVAL - $ 7,500.00

Receipt or invoice always required.