Administrative Order Amending 97-3: Compensation and Reimbursement Rates for Court-Appointed Counsel

Whereas the rate of compensation for court-appointed counsel was established in the late 1970's at $40 per hour and

Whereas the increase of the cost of living since that amount was established renders the amount of $40 per hour an inadequate sum for compensation and could raise concerns about the adequacy of counsel being furnished to indigent defendants,

Now, therefore, it is hereby ordered, effective immediately, that in the absence of a specific order of the court fixing a different rate of compensation, the rate of compensation for court-appointed attorneys for indigent defendants shall be the sum of $50 per hour.

It is further ordered that any reimbursement ordered to be repaid by the defendant for court-appointed counsel shall be set for a misdemeanor going to sentencing without a trial at $250 and if a trial is involved $250 shall be added for every day of trial. Reimbursement on other similar proceedings involving magistrate cases shall follow this same rate. Reimbursement for felony cases going to sentencing without a trial shall be set at $350 and if a trial is involved then $350 per day shall be added to the reimbursement amount. These reimbursement rates shall be followed in the absence of a specific order of the court fixing a different rate of compensation.

Dated this 10th day of September, 1999.

Signed by Sergio A. Gutierrez, Administrative District Judge


 

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