Compensation for Court Appointed CJA Panel Attorneys Increased

Posting Date: 
Thursday, March 29, 2018
The judiciary’s Defender Services account received fiscal year 2018 funding in the “Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018” to increase the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorney hourly rates.

The new panel attorney hourly rates of $140 for non-capital representations and $188 for capital representations apply to services performed on or after March 23, 2018. Where the appointment of counsel occurred before March 23, 2018, the new hourly compensation rates apply to that portion of services provided on or after the effective date.