U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Appointed Counsel

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CJA PAYMENT MEMORANDUM
 
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When Required: A budget is required for cases in which the time expended for the representation exceeds 300 hours.
 
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Budget Authorization Requests: As soon as counsel anticipates that the required time will exceed 300 hours, counsel must submit a budget authorization request (BUDGETAUTH) through CJA eVoucher. The budget authorization request will be reviewed by the CJA Budgeting Attorney and the Chief Judge, and counsel will be notified of the amount authorized.
 
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Budget Forms and Information: Contact the CJA Budgeting Attorney, Larry Dash, at 804-916-2177, for budget forms and information.
 
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Earlier rates are available in the Guidelines for Administering the CJA and Related Statutes. The CJA eVoucher program automatically applies the applicable hourly rate to each date of service.
 
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CJA counsel are not required to pay PACER fees or court copy fees in CJA cases, and such fees are therefore not reimbursable under the CJA. Counsel should contact the PACER Service Center at pacer@psc.uscourts.gov to have their CJA privileges added to their PACER account. The district court’s PACER docket and electronic documents are accessible through a link to the district court docket from the appellate docket. The “Create appendix” option for running a PACER docket report enables counsel to select which documents to include in the appendix.
 
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CJA counsel ordering preparation of transcript must also submit a Transcript Order Form to the court reporter and district court and file the same in the court of appeals with counsel’s Docketing Statement. Upon filing of the Transcript Order Form, the court of appeals will set deadlines for filing of all transcript.
 
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Once the court reporter has provided the transcript to counsel, counsel creates and submits a CJA 24 voucher in district eVoucher for payment of the court reporter in accordance with the district’s eVoucher procedures.
 
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In cases in which extraordinary expenses and case delay create undue financial hardship, counsel may request interim payment by submitting an interim voucher through CJA eVoucher and setting forth a detailed justification for issuance of interim payment.
 
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