Criminal Justice Act

CJA Panel Rates
Hourly Rates (Non-Capital Offenses):
As of: Per hour:
01/01/16 to Present $129.00
01/01/15 to 12/31/15 $127.00
03/01/14 to 12/31/14 $126.00
09/01/13 to 02/28/14 $110.00
01/01/10 to 08/30/13 $125.00
03/11/09 to 12/31/09 $110.00
01/01/08 to 03/09/10 $100.00
05/20/07 to 12/31/07 $94.00
01/01/06 to 05/19/07 $92.00
05/01/02 to 12/31/05 $90.00
Hourly Rates (Capital Cases):
As of: Per hour:
01/01/16 to Present $183.00
01/01/15 to 12/31/15 $181.00
03/01/14 to 12/31/14 $180.00
09/01/13 to 02/28/14 $163.00
01/01/10 to 08/30/13 $178.00
03/11/09 to 12/31/09 $175.00
01/01/08 to 03/10/09 $170.00
05/20/07 to 12/31/07 $166.00
Maximum Compensation:
Felony Cases 
Crack Cocaine Resentencing
Investigators, Expert Witnesses, or Other
Services (Non-Capital) *
With Prior Authorization $2,500.00
Without Authorization $800.00
* Note: with prior authorization, the maximum applies separately for each service provider; without prior authorization, the maximum applies to the aggregate compensation (excluding expenses) claimed by all services providers combined, not to each service provider individually.

Special Announcement for CJA Attorneys

The Western District of Kentucky is currently working on the implementation of eVoucher, a web-based, paperless application that will allow for the electronic submission and processing of payment vouchers to attorneys and experts under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA). CJA eVoucher will replace the current paper based CJA process.
Estimated date of arrival: Mid-summer 2016, so watch for email updates.

Contact Michelle Goetzinger @ cja@kywd.uscourts or 1-866-822-8305 with questions.

Criminal Justice Act Plan

CJA Information Packet

Guides for the Adminstration of the Criminal Justice Act and Related Statutes

Defender Services

Appointment of Counsel Information

National CJA Voucher Reference Tool
To utilize this tool, click on Topics or type in the Search box to find a particular topic or issue.

Attorney Dos and Dont's

CJA Forms

CJA Mileage History

Time Expenses in Common

Appeal Transcript Order Form
By permission of the 6th Circuit, the signature on this document may be represented by s/TYPE NAME.

CJA 24 Request and Authorization for Transcript

CJA 20/30 In-Court Worksheet

CJA 20/30 Out-Of-Court Worksheet

CJA 20/30 Travel Expense Worksheet

CJA 20/30 Expense Worksheet (Non-Travel)

CJA 26 Supplemental Information Statement for Compensation Claim in Excess

The data elements being requested on these forms are explained in the instructions. If you have questions concerning the CJA Forms and the instructions, contact the Duty Day Attorney in the Office of Defender Services at 202-502-3030 or call 502-625-3548.

CJA 21 Authorization and Voucher for Expert and other Services
    CJA 21 Helpful Tips

CJA 31 Death Penalty Proceedings: Ex Parte Request for Authorization and Voucher for Expert and Other Services

Appendix C Advance Authorization for Investigative, Expert or Other Services

CJA Instructions

CJA 20 Instructions

CJA 21 Instructions

CJA 24 Instructions

CJA 30 Instructions

CJA 31 Instructions


Mail completed payment vouchers to:

Clerk U.S. District Court
601 W. Broadway, RM 106
Lousiville, KY, 40202

For any questions or help with the preparation of vouchers, call (502) 625-3548 or email

District Representative:
Michael Mazzoli
(502) 589-6190