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Rate Increases To The Criminal Justice Act Effective 1/1/22

Thursday, December 30, 2021

The judiciary’s Defender Services account received funding to increase the Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel attorney hourly rates from $155 to $158 for non-capital work and from $197 to $202 for capital work performed on or after January 1, 2022. Where the appointment of counsel occurred before January 1, 2022, the new hourly compensation rates apply to that portion of services provided on or after the effective date. The waivable case compensation maximum amount for direct criminal representations (non-capital) has also increased from $8,600 to $8,800. The $2,600 amount for other types of appeals does not change.