Criminal Justice Act (CJA)


The Criminal Justice Act (CJA) (18 USC § 3006A) provides federal funds for attorneys, experts, and services necessary for the adequate representation of indigent defendants.

CJA eVoucher

CJA eVoucher Getting Started and Onlne Help
CJA eVoucher Checklist
CJA eVoucher Transcripts

CJA eVoucher is the Electronic Voucher Management System, a web-based application for use by court-appointed counsel. The CJA eVoucher provides court-appointed counsel, court staff, and judges with the ability to electronically create, manage, approve and process CJA vouchers and documents.

CJA eVoucher Electronic Voucher Management System*
For entering & submitting vouchers to the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands

Reference Materials and Forms

CJA Guidelines
CJA Policies and Procedures, Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit
Compensation and Expenses of Appointed Counsel
Request for Excess Compensation Form
Service Provider Funding Request Form
CJA 20 - Appointment of and Authority to Pay Court-Appointed Counsel
CJA 21 - Authorization and Voucher for Expert and Other Services
CJA 24 - Authorization and Voucher for Payment of Transcript

§ 230.16(A) Non-Capital Hourly Rates

01/01/2024 Present $172
01/01/2023 12/31/2023 $164
01/01/2022 12/31/2022 $158
01/01/2021 12/31/2021 $155
01/01/2020 12/31/2020 $152
02/15/2019 12/31/2019 $148
03/23/2018 02/14/2019 $140
05/05/2017 03/22/2018 $132
01/01/2016 05/04/2017 $129
01/01/2015 12/31/2015 $127
03/01/2014 12/31/2014 $126
09/01/2013 02/28/2014 $110
01/01/2010 08/31/2013 $125
03/11/2009 12/31/2009 $110
01/01/2008 03/10/2009 $100
05/20/2007 12/31/2007 $94
01/01/2006 05/19/2007 $92
05/01/2002 12/31/2005 $90

Language Interpreter Rates

Language Skilled (Non-certified) $75
Certified1 and Professionally Qualified2 Interpreters $85

Effective 02/01/2023. See General Order No. 23-00001

1 Certified interpreters must pass the Federal Court Interpreter Certification Examination (only available for Spanish, Navajo & Haitian Creole).
2 Professionally Qualified Interpreters must meet one of the following criteria:

(a) Passed the U.S. Department of State conference or seminar interpreter test in a language pair that includes English and the target language.The U.S. Department of State's escort interpreter test is not accepted as qualifying
(b) Passed the interpreter test of the United Nations in a language pair that includes English and the target language
(c) Is a current member qualified in English and the target language in good standing of:
(1) the Association Internationale des Interprètes de Conférence (AIIC); or
(2)The American Association of Language Specialists (TAALS).
(d) For sign language interpreters, someone who holds the Specialist Certificate: Legal (SC:L) of the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

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