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12/30/09 Hourly Rate & Case Maximum Increases for CJA Panel Attorneys (PDF)
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Mileage (All Claims)

 
1994 and prior
$ .25 per mile
 
1995 through 6/8/1996
$ .30 per mile
 
6/9/1996 through 9/30/1998
$ .31 per mile
 
10/1/1998 through 3/31/1998
$ .325 per mile
 
4/1/1999 through 1/13/2000
$ .31 per mile
 
1/14/2000 to 1/21/2001
$ .325 per mile
 
1/22/2001 to 1/20/2002
$ .345 per mile
 
1/21/2002 to 12/31/2002
$ .365 per mile
 
1/1/2003 to 12/31/2003
$ .36 per mile
 
1/1/2004 to 2/3/2005
$ .375 per mile
 
2/4/2005 to 12/31/2005
$ .405 per mile
 
1/1/2006 to 1/31/2007
$ .445 per mile
  2/1/2007 to 3/18/2008 $ .485 per mile
  3/19/2008 to 7/31/2008 $ .505 per mile
  8/1/2008 to 1/31/2009 $ .585 per mile
  2/1/2009 to 12/31/2009 $ .55 per mile
  1/1/2010 to present $ .50 per mile

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IN COURT

 
1995 and prior
$ 60.00 per hour
 
1996 through 1999
$ 65.00 per hour
 
2000 to March 31, 2001
$ 70.00 per hour
 
April 1, 2001 to April 30, 2002
$ 75.00 per hour
 
May 1, 2002 to December 31, 2005
$ 90.00 per hour
 
January 1, 2006 to May 19, 2007
$ 92.00 per hour
 
May 20, 2007 to December 31, 2007
$ 94.00 per hour
  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 present $ 125.00 per hour

OUT OF COURT

 
1995 and prior
$ 40.00 per hour
 
1996 through 1999
$ 34.00 per hour
 
2000 to March 31, 2001
$ 50.00 per hour
 
April 1, 2001 to April 30, 2002
$ 55.00 per hour
 
May 1, 2002 to December 31, 2005
$ 90.00 per hour
 
January 1, 2006 to May 19, 2007
$ 92.00 per hour
 
May 20, 2007 to December 31, 2007
$ 94.00 per hour
  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 present $ 125.00 per hour

MAXIMUM WITHOUT CIRCUIT APPROVAL

 
November 12, 2000 and prior
$ 3,500.00
 
November 13, 2000 to December 7, 2004
$ 5,200.00
 
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 present
$ 9,700.00 (Felony) $6,900.00 (Appeal)
   
$ 2,800.00 (Misdemeanor) $6,900 (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 -

 
April 24, 1996 to January 31, 2005
$125.00 per hour
 
February 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005
$160.00 per hour
 
January 1, 2006 to May 19, 2007
$163.00 per hour
 
May 20, 2007 to December 31, 2007
$166.00 per hour
  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 present $178.00 per hour

MAXIMUM WITHOUT CIRCUIT APPROVAL -

 
In federal capital prosecutions - $100,000
In 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or §2255 cases - $35,000

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