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COST-CONTAINMENT INITIATIVES REGARDING SERVICE PROVIDERS IN MEGA CASES

In an effort to address costs in Criminal Justice Act (CJA) “mega cases,” the Judicial Conference Committee on Defender Services (Committee) identified several areas for potential savings associated with the hourly rates, retention, and billing practices of investigators, experts, and other service providers (service providers).  The Committee developed three service provider cost-containment initiatives in CJA panel attorney mega cases, recognizing that cost-containment and efficiency efforts can be made while maintaining the quality of representation.  The initiatives are described in a memorandum dated February 26, 2014.

The Committee endorsed use of an Expert and Service Provider Time Worksheet in Mega Cases, which can be used by service providers when submitting compensation vouchers. The pdf-fillable worksheet sets forth an itemized description of the work completed, categories to enter the number of hours for that work, and subtotals and totals for each column.

If you have questions about these initiatives, please contact the Legal and Policy Division Duty Attorney at 202-502-3030.