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Criminal Justice Act (CJA)

Plan & Order - Criminal Justice Act

Application - (application period currently closed) Per the Criminal Justice Act Plan, applications are reviewed yearly, typically in September.  The application period for 2019 has closed.  In 2020, the application, as well as an application deadline notice, will be posted on the Court’s website and published to all attorneys.

Application - (application period currently closed) As set forth in the Court’s Criminal Justice Act (CJA) Plan, terms of CJA Panel Members will be staggered over three years for renewal.  The renewal application deadline for the second renewal group (2019) has closed.  For those selected, new terms will begin in October 2019 and last through September 2022.  Third round  (2020) renewals will be notified at the appropriate time.

Instructions - CJA Handbook / Instructions for completing CJA vouchers

Rates - Attorney hourly rates and mileage rates

Case Maximums and Expert Approval Levels

Benchmarks - Travel Time and Mileage

CJA Expert Mega Case Rate Ranges

National CJA Voucher Reference Tool - The purpose of the on-line Reference Tool is to provide quick access to the policies and procedures related to Criminal Justice Act (CJA) cases, beginning with the appointment of panel attorneys and continuing through the processing of vouchers to the approval of payment for services rendered.

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