CJA Panel Compensation Rate Increases

Posting Date: 
Monday, May 8, 2017
The courts have received sufficient fiscal year 2017 funding in the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017” to increase the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorney hourly rates from $129 to $132 for non-capital work and from $183 to $185 for capital work performed on or after May 5, 2017. The non-capital rate increase will result in an increase to three of the panel attorney case compensation maximums in non-capital cases.
 
CJA Panel Attorney Hourly Rates Increases
The new panel attorney hourly rates of $132 for non-capital representations and $185 for capital representations apply to services performed on or after May 5, 2017. Where the appointment of counsel occurred before May 5, 2017, the new hourly compensation rates apply to that portion of services provided on or after the effective date.

CJA Panel Attorney Case Compensation Maximums
The rise in the non-capital hourly rate to $132 results in increases to the waivable panel attorney case compensation maximum amounts for non-capital representations of $10,000, $7,200, and $2,100, excluding expenses, to $10,300, $7,300, and $2,200, respectively.  The panel attorney case compensation maximum amount of $2,900 remains the same. The charts in the publicly accessible Guidelines for Administering the CJA and Related Statutes (CJA Guidelines, Vol. 7A, Guide to Judiciary Policy) are in the process of being revised.

The new case compensation maximums apply to a voucher submitted by appointed counsel if that person furnished any CJA-compensable work on or after May 5, 2017. The former case compensation maximums apply to a voucher submitted by an appointed counsel if that person’s CJA-compensable work on the representation was completed before May 5, 2017.