United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Claudia Wilken, Chief Judge

Richard W. Wieking, Clerk of Court

Case Compensation Maximums

Note:  Case compensation limits are not applicable in federal death penalty cases.  For non-capital cases exceeding the statutory maximum, attorneys must submit a CJA 26 (.pdf) and memorandum (.pdf).

Attorneys

For Work Performed On or After March 1, 2014
Type of Charge Statutory Maximum
Felony Charge $9,800
Misdemeanor $2,800
Non-Capital Habeas Petition $9,800
18 U.S.C. §4106A parole representation $2,100
Other Representations $2,100
Crack Cocaine Retroactive Amendment* $2,100
For Work Performed On or After January 1, 2010
Type of Charge Statutory Maximum
Felony Charge $9,700
Misdemeanor $2,800
Non-Capital Habeas Petition $9,700
18 U.S.C. §4106A parole representation $2,100
Other Representations $2,100

Crack Cocaine Retroactive Amendment*

   *As of November 1, 2011

$2,100

$1,500

For Work Performed On or After March 11, 2009
Type of Charge Statutory Maximum
Felony Charge $8,600
Misdemeanor $2,400
Non-Capital Habeas Petition $8,600
18 U.S.C. §4106A parole representation $1,800
Other Representations $1,800
Crack Cocaine Retroactive Amendment $1,800
For Work Performed On or After October 13, 2008
Type of Charge Statutory Maximum
Felony Charge $7,800
Misdemeanor $2,200
Non-Capital Habeas Petition $7,800
18 U.S.C. §4106A parole representation $1,700
Other Representations $1,700
Crack Cocaine Retroactive Amendment $1,700
For Work Performed Before October 13, 2008
Type of Charge Statutory Maximum
Felony Charge $7,000
Misdemeanor $2,000
Non-Capital Habeas Petition $7,000
18 U.S.C. §4106A parole representation $1,500
Other Representations $1,500
Crack Cocaine Retroactive Amendment $1,500

Experts

Prior authorization is obtained by submitting a funding application, declaration, and proposed order.

For Work Completed After May 27, 2010
Type of Charge Statutory Maximum
Without Prior Authorization $800
With Prior Authorization $801 - $2,400*
*Over $2,400 requires circuit approval
For Work Completed Before May 27, 2010
Type of Charge Statutory Maximum
Without Prior Authorization $500
With Prior Authorization $501 - $1,600*
*Over $1,600 requires circuit approval