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I AM TRYING TO CHECK THE BOXES ON THE VOUCHER, BUT NO MATTER HOW I CLICK, I CAN'T GET A CHECKMARK. WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?
Most likely, you have neglected to click on Enable Macros when launching the spreadsheet. Close the spreadsheet and re-open to get the message again and choose Enable Macros. If you do not get this message, refer to the CJA-20 Hourly Spreadsheet Setup and Instruction Guide. If you have Excel 2007, refer to the CJA-20 Hourly Spreadsheet Setup and Instruction Guide, Addendum (page 12).
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM USING THE MOST CURRENT VERSION OF THE SPREADSHEET?
We encourage Panel Attorneys and staff to periodically visit the Court's website and retrieve the most current version of the automated spreadsheet. New versions are posted and named with the current date of their posting. The current version is CJA-20 Hourly Spreadsheet 10-17-2008. There is also a MAC version CJA-20 Hourly Spreadsheet 10-17-2008 - MAC. This version date is also found in the spreadsheet on the footer of the Services and Expenses tabs.
WHEN I CREATE A PDF FROM EXCEL 2007, WHY ARE THERE PAGES IN THE PDF FILE THAT ARE BLANK?
There is a known PDF issue using Microsoft Excel 2007. Microsoft is aware of the issue and have published an add-in that may be downloaded from Microsoft's website. Once you have downloaded the add-in, go back into Microsoft Excel 2007 and open the CJA-20 Hourly Spreadsheet. Click on the Print/PDF Setup button to set the formatting (the Print / PDF Setup button does not apply to MAC users), wait for the Print window to display and then click on Cancel. Click on the Office button and go down to Save As... (DO NOT CLICK). Save As options will display on the right panel, click on the PDF or XPS option. Next, a Publish as PDF or XPS window will display with the spreadsheet already named. Click the Save in down arrow to store the PDF file in the desired directory. Below the Save as Type box, there will be a checkbox labeled Open file after publishing (this enables the file to launch once it is saved for you to see it). Please make sure that box is checked (only needs to be checked once and then will stay checked). Next, click on the Options button. Under the Publish what section, click Entire Workbook (this needs to be done every time). Click OK. Click Publish. The PDF file will automatically launch for viewing.
I HAVE A COMMERCIALLY PROCURED PROGRAM THAT CALCULATES TIME. CAN I STILL USE MY PROGRAM TO FILE MY VOUCHERS?
No. The CJA 20 Hourly Spreadsheet includes the CJA 20 voucher form and automatically enters data into the CJA-20 voucher as it is typed on the Services and Expenses tabs of the spreadsheet. Only the Court-developed Excel version of the CJA 20 Hourly Spreadsheet is acceptable.
DO I SUBMIT THE VOUCHER VIA U.S. MAIL OR CAN I E-FILE IT USING ECF?
CJA20 vouchers and all documentation can either be emailed to OHNDdb_CJA@ohnd.uscourts.gov or mailed to the Cleveland Court House at 801 W. Superior Ave, Attn: CJA, Cleveland, OH 44113.
WHAT DO I DO IF I DISCOVER A PROBLEM WITH A SPREADSHEET THAT THE FAQ'S HAVE NOT ADDRESSED AND THE SETUP AND INSTRUCTION GUIDE HAS NOT DESCRIBED?
Please call the Leeann Weber at (216) 357-7025.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF ME WHEN INTERPRETING AT DISTRICT?
As an interpreter for Federal District Court, you will be expected to translate the questions asked of the defendant/witness by counsel or the judge and to relay the defendant's answers or statements to counsel and the judge verbatim.
AM I EXPECTED TO TRANSLATE SIMULTANEOUSLY OR AT MY OWN PACE?
Depending upon your experience, translation will proceed at a pace that is comfortable for you. Of course, simultaneous translation will help the proceeding to move along quickly, but time is not a factor here. Proper translation and understanding is the important issue. You will be able to set the pace, with the judge's assistance, if necessary.
IF I DON'T UNDERSTAND A WORD OR STATEMENT, CAN I ASK COUNSEL OR THE JUDGE TO EXPLAIN?
Yes, please do not hesitate to ask for clarification at any time if you are unsure or to refer to your dictionary or glossary.
WHAT ARE THE RATES FOR A NON-CERTIFIED INTERPRETER AND FOR A CERTIFIED INTERPRETER?
See Interpreter Rates.