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CJA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


What is the current pay rate for CJA Attorneys?
The hourly CJA compensation rates are determined by the date and the type of work performed.

CJA COMPENSATION RATES
Date From Date To In-Court Out-of-Court
Prior to January 1, 1996
$60.00
$40.00
January 1, 1996
December 31, 1999
$65.00
$45.00
January 1, 2000
March 31, 2001
$70.00
$50.00
April 1, 2001
April 30, 2002
$75.00
$55.00
May 1, 2002
December 31, 2005
$90.00
$90.00
January 1, 2006
May 19, 2007
$92.00
$92.00
May 20, 2007
December 31, 2007
$94.00
$94.00
January 1, 2008
March 10, 2009
$100.00
$100.00
March 11, 2009 December 31, 2009
$110.00
$110.00
January 1, 2010 Present
$125.00
$125.00

Can I claim mileage? What is the mileage rate?
You may claim mileage for use of a privately owned automobile.

MILEAGE RATES
Date From Date To Rate Per Mile
Prior to September 8, 1998
$ 0.31
September 8, 1998
March 31, 1999
$0 .325
April 1, 1999
January 13, 2000
$0 .31
January 14, 2000
January 21, 2001
$ 0.325
January 22, 2001
January 20, 2002
$ 0.345
January 21, 2002
December 31, 2002
$ 0.365
January 1, 2003
December 31, 2003
$ 0.36
January 1, 2004
February 3, 2005
$ 0.375
February 4, 2005
August 31, 2005
$ 0.405
September 1, 2005
December 31, 2005
$ 0.485
January 1, 2006
January 31, 2007
$ 0.445
February 1, 2007
March 18, 2008
$ 0.485
March 19, 2008 July 31, 2008
$ 0.505
August 1, 2008 January 31, 2009
$ 0.585
February 1, 2009 December 31, 2009
$ 0.55
January 1, 2010 December 31, 2010
$ 0.50
January 1, 2011 April 16, 2012
$ 0.51
April 17, 2012 December 31, 2012
$0.555
January 1, 2013 December 31, 2013
$0.565
January 1, 2014 Present $0.56

Where do I claim mileage and parking expenses on the CJA voucher?
Both mileage and parking are to be claimed as travel expenses.

If I exceed the $5,200+ expenses, is a CJA 26 required?
Yes. The CJA 26 is a two-page form on which you must provide specific justification for fees in excess of $5,200. It must be completed and submitted with the CJA 20 voucher or a Memorandum for Compensation Claim in excess of the Case Compensation Maximum.

Can I provide a type statement for expenses and attach to the CJA 20 voucher?
The In-Court, Out-of-Court, and Other Expenses Worksheets were devised to standardize itemization and documentation of hourly totals and expenses. The worksheets are required. You may also provide a typed statement of expenses, but it is not necessary.

Do I have to supply my social security number?
Yes. To process a voucher for payment, the Administrative Office must have your social security number (16B). The taxpayer or law firm ID number (16C) is required only if you checked "Yes" in 16A. All checks will be made out to you, not the law firm. If your firm is incorporated (16A), a 1099 will be provided to the firm, not to you.

What do I need in order to have criminal subpoenas issued, if I'm the appointed counsel?
You must bring a copy of the signed order, to the clerk's office, allowing issuance of subpoenas for the named witness showing on the subpoenas.


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