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CJA Compensation Rates – Attorneys

Attorney Rates: Non-Capital Cases
(Misdemeanor, Felony, and Habeas Representation)
Service DateRate
January 1, 2021–current$155/hour
January 1, 2020–December 31, 2020$152/hour
February 15, 2019–December 31, 2019$148/hour
March 23, 2018–February 14, 2019$140/hour
May 5, 2017–March 22, 2018$132/hour
January 1, 2016–May 4, 2017$129/hour
January 1, 2015–December 31, 2015$127/hour
Attorney Rates: Capital Non-Habeas Cases
Service DateRate
January 1, 2021–current$197/hour
January 1, 2020–December 31, 2020$195/hour
February 15, 2019–December 31, 2019$190/hour
March 23, 2018–February 14, 2019$188/hour
May 5, 2017–March 22, 2018$183/hour
January 1, 2016–May 4, 2017$129/hour
January 1, 2015–December 31, 2015$127/hour
Associate and Assistant Counsel Rates (other than Capital Habeas)

Associate and assistant counsel are to be compensated at the rate from $85.00 per hour up to $125.00 per hour depending on experience in criminal defense practice. The maximum rate for associate counsel is the salaried hourly rate plus employer paid basic benefits.

Length of ExperienceRate
Up to 1 year$85 per hour
1 – 2 years$90 per hour
2 – 3 years$95 per hour
3 – 4 years$100 per hour
4 – 5 years$105 per hour
5 – 6 years$110 per hour
6 – 7 years$115 per hour
7 – 8 years$120 per hour
8 years and up$125 per hour
Lead Attorney Rates: Capital Habeas Cases
Service DateRate
January 1, 2020–current$195/hour
February 15, 2019–December 31, 2019$190/hour
March 23, 2018–February 14, 2019$188/hour
January 1, 2015–March 22, 2018$181/hour
Other Attorney Rates: Capital Habeas Cases
Attorney TypeRate
Intermediate Lead Counsel$163/hour
Other Lead Counsel$142-158/hour
Second Counsel (other than co-lead)$116-142/hour
Associate Counsel$95-125
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