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WHAT IS THE CURRENT MILEAGE RATE?
See Interpreter Rates.
IF I TRANSLATE FOR TWO DIFFERENT DEFENDANTS INVOLVED IN THE SAME CASE AT THE JAIL, CAN I USE ONE CJA-21 VOUCHER FOR THE COMBINED TIME?
No, unless the two defendants are being represented by the same attorney (which is rare) and are involved in the same case. If you are interpreting for two defendants at the jail on the same date, each of their attorneys have to sign separate CJA-21 vouchers. You will be paid either the half-day or full-day rate, split between the two defendants. This should be noted on the CJA-21 voucher.
SHOULD I BRING A CJA-21 VOUCHER WITH ME FOR OUT-OF-COURT WORK, OR SHOULD THE ATTORNEY SUPPLY THE VOUCHER?
The attorney should have a CJA-21 voucher with them, but, if not, be sure to keep track of your time and mileage. Note the name, address and telephone number of the attorney that hired you. It is the attorney's responsibility to supply the CJA-21 voucher.
SHOULD THE ATTORNEY SUBMIT THE CJA-21 VOUCHER TO THE COURT FOR PAYMENT, OR SHOULD I SUBMIT IT?
The court appointed attorney should submit the voucher to the courtroom deputy of the judge assigned to the case for review and processing or to the Clerk's Office.
WHEN I TRANSLATE FOR THE U.S. ATTORNEY'S OFFICE OR IN THE GRAND JURY, DO I STILL GET PAID BY THE COURT?
No, you will be paid through the U.S. Attorney's Office.
System requirements are minimal and inexpensive. All that is needed are:
• a personal computer (PC clone / Apple Macintosh),
• an Internet connection
• a modern browser
• Adobe Acrobat Reader and PDF writing software
• a scanner (optional) for imaging documents which do not exist in electronic format
Attorneys must be admitted to practice in the Northern District of Ohio in order to file electronically.
Attorneys must also register in advance before filing electronically in order to obtain a CM/ECF Identification Name and Password which will provide attorney level access to the system and serve as the attorney's signature for all electronically filed documents for purposes of Fed. R. Civ. P. 11.
All users must have a PACER User Account in order to retrieve documents electronically over the Internet (see details below).
PACER (PUBLIC ACCESS TO COURT ELECTRONIC RECORDS) ACCOUNTS REQUIRED
CM/ECF users are now required to have a PACER account, in addition to a CM/ECF identification name and password, to access the system. While most law firms already have a PACER account for use by their docketing staff, attorneys will need to become aware of their firm's PACER id and password, or obtain a PACER id and password of their own, to access documents from the CM/ECF system.
PACER accounts can be established through the PACER Service Center: http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/
PACER Service Center
P.O. Box 780549
San Antonio, TX 78278
CM/ECF ACCESS FEES
As directed by Congress, the Judicial Conference has determined that the following fees are necessary to reimburse expenses incurred by the judiciary in providing electronic public access to court records. Access to court documents costs $0.08 per page. The cost to access a single document is capped at $2.40, the equivalent of 30 pages. The cap does not apply to name searches, reports that are not case-specific and transcripts of federal court proceedings. By Judicial Conference policy, if your usage does not exceed $10 in a quarter, fees for that quarter are waived, effectively making the service free for most users. No fees are charged for filing documents and attorneys of record will receive the first copy of documents in their cases for free, as long as they retrieve the document within 15 days of filing. Attorneys of record can avoid the fees altogether by either printing the documents or saving them to their own disk when the get their first free look. There is an electronic print fee of $0.10 per page, for printing copies of any record or document accessed electronically at a public terminal in the courthouse. Fees are subject to change. All questions regarding fees and the PACER billing mechanism should be directed to the PACER Service Center (see contact information above).
The CM/ECF system provides:
• 24 hour access to file or view documents
• immediate creation of docket entries
• immediate access to updated docket sheets and to the documents themselves
• upon the filing of any new document, e-mail notices are automatically sent to the other parties in the case
• potential elimination of paper files that can be misplaced or lost
• potential savings in copying, courier and noticing costs