United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

CJA Compensation Rates - Attorneys

Misdemeanor, Felony, Direct Death and Non-Capital Habeas Cases

Attorneys, Non-Capital

$126/hour as of March 1, 2014
$110/hour from 09/01/13-02/28/14
$125/hour from 01/01/10-08/31/13
$110/hour from 03/11/09-12/31/09
$100/hour from 01/01/08-03/10/09
$94/hour from 05/20/07-12/31/07
$92/hour from 01/01/06-05/19/07
$90/hour from 05/01/02-12/31/05
$75/hour prior to 05/01/02

Attorneys, Direct Death

$180/hour as of March 1, 2014
$163/hour from 09/01/13-02/28/14
$178/hour from 01/01/10-08/31/13
$175/hour from 03/11/09-12/31/09
$170/hour from 01/01/08-03/10/09
$166/hour from 05/20/07-12/31/07
$163/hour from 01/10/06-5/19/07
$160/hour from 02/01/05-12/31/05

Associate and assistant counsel are to be compensated at the rate from $75.00 per hour up to $115.00 per hour depending on experience in criminal defense practice and the work to be performed. The following provides a general guideline for determining the appropriate rate:

Associate and Assistant Counsel 
Length of Experience Rate
Up to 1 year $75 per hour
1 - 2 years $80 per hour
2 - 3 years $85 per hour
3 - 4 years $90 per hour
4 - 5 years $95 per hour
5 - 6 years $100 per hour
6 - 7 years $105 per hour
7 - 8 years $110 per hour
8 years and up $115 per hour

Capital Habeas Cases
Lead Counsel $180/hour, as of March 1, 2014
Intermediate Lead Counsel $163/hour, as of January 1, 2010
Other Lead Counsel $142-158/hour, as of January 1, 2010
Second Counsel (other than co-lead) $116-142/hour, as of January 1, 2010
Associate Counsel $74-95/hour, as of January 1, 2010
Historic Lead Counsel Rates $163/hour 9/1/13-2/28/14
$178/hour 1/1/10-8/31/13
$175/hour 3/11/09-12/31/09
$170/hour 2/21/08-3/10/09
$166/hour 5/20/07-2/20/08
$163/hour 1/1/06-5/19/07
$160/hour 2/1/05-12/31/05

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