Appointment of Counsel (CJA)

Citing Emergency, Judiciary Cuts Fees for Court-Appointed Lawyers


In an emergency move to preserve Federal Defender staffing in FY 2014, the Executive Committee of the Judical Conference of the United States has reduced hourly rates for court-appointed panel attorneys by $15 an hour.  Payments to panel attorneys for up to four weeks of work done in FY 2014 will be deferred to FY 2015.  An Aug. 16 letter described the moves as temporary and undesirable, but said they "are necessary to avoid permanent damage to the federal defender program."  Read the letter (pdf).


The Court shall establish a panel of private attorneys who are eligible and desire to be appointed to provide representation under the Criminal Justice Act for each court location in the district which has a substantial number of criminal cases which require appointed counsel.

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Panel Appointment: (216) 357-7068
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(216) 357-7025

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