Criminal Justice Act

As of March 1, 2014, the Criminal Justice Act panel attorney non-capital hourly rate is $126 and capital hourly rate is $180.

The Criminal Justice Act (CJA), 18 U.S.C. § 3006A, requires federal courts to adopt plans for furnishing counsel to individuals who are financially unable to obtain adequate representation. 

Addendum Four to the Eleventh Circuit Rules contains the “Eleventh Circuit Plan under the Criminal Justice Act,” which sets out this Court’s “plan for furnishing representation for persons financially unable to obtain adequate representation in the cases and situations described in 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a), as amended.”

The Judicial Conference of the United States promulgates policies and procedures for the operation of the CJA, and those policies and procedures are set forth in the Guidelines for Administering the CJA and Related Statutes in Volume 7 of the Guide to Judiciary Policy.

Additional Information and forms:

Eleventh Circuit Instructions for Completing CJA 20 Voucher (Rev. 2/14)

Eleventh Circuit Instructions for Completing CJA 30 Voucher (4/14)

Special Notice to Counsel Appointed Under the Criminal Justice Act Concerning Government Rates for Airline Travel to Oral Argument (Rev. 4/12)

Notice to Court-Appointed Counsel of Public Disclosure of Attorney Fee Information

CJA 20 Time and Expense Worksheets

CJA 30 (Death Penalty) Time and Expense Worksheets

Multiple Hourly Rate Worksheet

Multiple Hourly Rate Worksheet (Death Penalty)

CJA Resources

CJA Forms, Instructions, and Guidelines
All CJA forms and instructions are posted on the public federal judiciary website maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO), along with the AO's Guidelines for Administering the CJA and Related Statutes.

Office of Defender Services Training Branch
This website is maintained by the Office of Defender Services Training Branch of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (AO). The website provides training and other resource support to attorneys appointed under the Criminal Justice Act, and includes the AO's Guidelines for Administering the CJA and Related Statutes.