United States District Court - Northern District Court of California

Phyllis J. Hamilton, Chief Judge

Susan Y. Soong, Clerk of Court

Capital Habeas Representation

Budget Phases

There are four budget phases for most capital habeas representations:

Phase 1 - Appointment, Records Review, and Preliminary Investigation
Phase 2 - Petition Preparation, Answer, and Exhaustion
Phase 3 - Motion for Evidentiary Hearing and Briefing of Claims; Discovery
Phase 4 - Evidentiary Hearing and Final Briefing

Budget Applications

Petitioner's counsel must prepare a budget request for each phase, as well as budget amendments if more hours are needed during a particular phase.  For the initial phase for each budget, and supplements thereto, counsel must submit an interactive Application for CJA Funds and a Confidential Case Evaluation (CCE). Counsel must submit these forms via email to the CJA email inbox (cja@cand.uscourts.gov) with sufficient time for the presiding judge to render an Order before work is commenced.