Compensation for Court Appointed CJA Panel Attorneys Increased

Posting Date: 
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Hourly rates and case compensation maximums have been increased under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, as a result of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2020.”
 

CJA Panel Attorney Hourly Rate Increases

The panel attorney hourly rates increase to $152 (up from $148) for non-capital work and to $195 (up from $190) for capital work. The new rates apply to services performed on or after January 1, 2020. Where appointment of counsel occurred before January 1, 2020, the new hourly compensation rates apply to that portion of services provided on or after the effective date.

CJA Panel Attorney Case Compensation Maximums (in Non-Capital Cases)

Because of the increase in the non-capital hourly rate, the waivable case compensation maximum amounts for non-capital representations increase to:
  • $11,800 (previously $11,500) 
  • $8,400 (previously $8,200)
  • $3,400 (previously $3,300)
  • (The $2,500 case compensation maximum does not change.)

The new case compensation maximums apply to a voucher submitted by appointed counsel if that person furnished any CJA-compensable work on or after January 1, 2020.  The former case compensation maximums apply to a voucher submitted by appointed counsel if that person’s CJA-compensable work on the representation was completed before January 1, 2020.