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CJA Administration

I.    In order to facilitate the prudent administration of CJA funds:

A. Absent leave of court, as soon as it may be reasonably anticipated that the total unpaid attorney compensation (i.e., the amount typically inserted on CJA 20, sections 15 & 16 combined) will exceed the statutory maximum as provided in 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(d)(2), counsel shall submit an ex parte proposed budget in camera.

The budget shall also contain the following:

(1) an explanation as to

(a) why the case is "extended" or "complex" (see Guide to Judiciary Policy, Vol. 7, Pt. A, Ch. 2 § 230.23.40(b)),

(b) why the excess payment is necessary to provide fair compensation (see § 230.23.40(c)), and

(c) to the extent CJA counsel is seeking compensation for a partner or associate,the tasks, number of hours, hourly rate, and total expenditure for each partner or associate; and

(2) a proposed budget that outlines the anticipated future attorney compensation that will be incurred until the resolution of the case.


B. Counsel should submit an ex parte amended proposed budget in camera as soon as it may be reasonably anticipated that the estimated attorney compensation will exceed the proposed budget submitted under I.A.


Proposed Budget Form




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