What are the compensation maximums?
Attorneys are required to review the CJA Guidelines.
Note: Receipts are required for parking and toll fees.
Where do I send my voucher for payment?
How do I issue subpoenas under the CJA?
Can I get the assistance of an expert or investigator for my CJA case?
How do I obtain interpreters?
I need an interpreter, investigator or expert, but I don’t know whom to call. What should I do?
A current list of interpreters is posted on this Court's website.
The CJA Coordinating Attorney also has lists of experts and investigators willing to accept the court’s compensation rates. The Court does not vouch for or certify the quality of these experts or investigators; it simply provides referrals to experts accepting this Court’s rate structure. The Office of the Federal Public Defender can also provide referrals to qualified expert witnesses.
I have a question about a misdemeanor duty day assignment, whom should I contact?
My client is detained, where should I call to determine his location?
How do I obtain a PACER account for my CJA work?
I need to travel overnight in association with my CJA appointment, what do I do?
I have a defendant who is out on bond and resides out of state. How do I arrange for his transportation to Maryland to attend the court proceedings?
The Office of the United States Marshal is responsible for the defendant’s transportation costs under 18 U.S.C. §4285. This provision requires the Marshal’s Service to provide transportation and subsistence to the “place where the defendant’s appearance is required.” Counsel should seek a court order stating that the defendant is indigent and directing the U.S. Marshal to provide travel and subsistence for the defendant to the court location. The statute only provides for travel expenses to the court and subsistence expenses while en route.
It is important to note that the statute does not require the Office of United States Marshal to provide defendants with transportation home following a court appearance. Nor does the statute require this Court to provide subsistence payments to the defendant following arrival If a client requires subsistence following his arrival in Maryland, counsel should request this Court to order that lodging and food be provided to the defendant through Pretrial Service sunder 18 U.S.C. §3154(4). Housing can be provided through a halfway house such as Volunteers of America.
Please note, that Criminal Justice Act funds are not available for lodging and subsistence of a defendant during trial. Nor is there any method to reimburse a defendant for expenses incurred in securing lodging during trial.
Where can I find instructions for completing the various CJA Forms?
Detailed information and instructions on the eVoucher system can be found at the link below. Once you click the link, the different manuals under ‘Materials for Attorney Training’:
- Instructions for completing CJA Form 20 (Appointment of and Authority to Pay Court-Appointed Counsel)
- Instructions for completing CJA Form 21 (Authorization and Voucher for Expert and Other Services)
- Instructions for completing CJA Form 24 (Authorization and Voucher for Payment of Transcript)
- Instructions for completing CJA Form 30 (Death Penalty Proceedings: Appointment of and Authority to Pay Court-Appointed Counsel)
- Instructions for completing CJA Form 31 (Death Penalty Proceedings: Ex Parte Request for Authorization and Voucher for Expert and Other Services)
- Instructions for completing CJA Form 26 (Memorandum for a Claim in Excess of the Case Compensation Maximum: District Court)