Compensation Guidelines Changes

The courts have approved amending two payment guidelines, effective for appointments made on or after October 1, 2004. Some might remember that guideilnes were changed in 1992 because of the state's fiscal difficulties. The old guidelines have been restored in the following respects:

1. The guidelines for payment for reading the record is changed from 60 pages per hour to 50 pages per hour; and

2. An allowance for actual time spent on administrative tasks will be compensated up to one hour per case; this charge should be submitted with the final claim.

The Appellate Indigent Defense Oversight Advisory Committee, the admininstrative presiding justices, and the Adminstrative Office of the Courts state they recognize and appreciate the professional dedication of attorneys appointed to represent appellate indigent defendants in California.

October 12, 2004

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