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DO I HAVE TO CLAIM MY EARNINGS AS AN INTERPRETER ON MY TAX FORM?
Yes. However, you will only receive an Internal Revenue Service 1099-Misc Form from the Court if you have earned $600 or more.
IF I AM REQUESTED BY A COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEY TO TRANSLATE AT A JAIL OR ELSEWHERE, HOW DO I GET PAID?
The court appointed attorney should have a CJA-21 voucher for you to fill out. Keep track of your time and mileage. Only one CJA-21 voucher should be submitted per defendant at the conclusion of the case, and not for each occasion that you interpret. After you have filled out the voucher, the appointed attorney will need to sign it, too. The voucher should be submitted to the courtroom clerk of the assigned Judge in the case for approval. The courtroom deputy will then forward it to the financial department for payment. (See Appendix D)
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.
NextGen CM/ECF registration for e-filing and notification is required in the Northern District of Ohio unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Register online at www.pacer.gov. The user’s login and password required to submit documents to the electronic filing system serve as the user’s signature on all electronic documents filed with the Court. They also serve as a signature for purposes of Fed. R. Civ. P. 11, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Local Rules of this Court, and any other purpose for which a signature is required in connection with proceedings before the Court.
Please refer to the Attorney Info page for admission requirements.
PACER (PUBLIC ACCESS TO COURT ELECTRONIC RECORDS) ACCOUNTS REQUIRED
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio is a NextGen CM/ECF court. In order to request for filing privileges, you must have an upgraded individual PACER account. If you do not have an upgraded individual PACER Account, click HERE for procedures.
PACER Service Center
P.O. Box 780549
San Antonio, TX 78278