Increases in CJA Panel Attorney Hourly Rate and Case Compensation Maximums

Posting Date: 
Thursday, December 31, 2020
The panel attorney hourly rate increased from $152 to $153 for non-capital work. 
 
The new rate applies to services performed on or after January 1, 2021. Where appointment of counsel occurred before January 1, 2021, the new hourly compensation rate applies to that portion of services provided on or after the effective date.

Because of the increase in the non-capital hourly rate, the waivable case compensation maximum amounts for non-capital representations increase to:
  • $11,900 (previously $11,800)
  • $8,500 (previously $8,400)
  • $2,600 (previously $2,500)
(The $3,400 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, 2021. 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, 2021.