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recommendations on case budgets.590
The pilot program proved exceedingly effective. CBAs lowered the costs
of capital and mega-cases while providing a valued resource for the courts and defense counsel. The CBAs streamlined the vouchering process; not only were interim vouchers processed more efficiently, “but changes to vouchers, when they occur[ed], [were] understood more easily by counsel.”591 Judges reported feeling “more confident in the changes they [made],” while attorneys had “a source they can go to when they have questions about the changes made.”592 The Report found:
Overall, the work of the CBA on district court voucher review is viewed positively by both attorneys and judges. Attorneys see the work of the CBA as making the process more efficient, leading to faster payment, and giving them a resource in the review process. Judges see the work of the CBA as making their review faster and easier, and giving them a resource in the review process.593
The FJC estimated that CBAs saved the CJA program approximately $3.7 million over two years, $2 million more than the program cost to implement.594 Not only did they save money, CBAs implemented a budgeting system, provided internal con- trols to monitor spending, and maintained or improved the quality of representation in the cases they helped manage.595 Judges and panel attorneys both “agreed that budgeted cases are better managed and may actually result in better representation of the client because budgeted cases are better planned.”596 In fact, cases that were budgeted with the help of CBAs utilized “more resources (attorneys and service pro- viders) than the non-budgeted cases, but at no higher cost.”597 In a defender system plagued by low use of service providers (see Section 7), the CBAs had “a positive effect on the awareness of resources available for the defense of CJA clients.”598 And both judges and panel attorneys agreed that cases that are “thought through by counsel at an earlier stage” result in “improved representation of the client.”599
Recognizing the importance of the program, all circuits except for one now
590 FJCCaseBudgetingAttorneyStudyat2. 591 Id.at34.
592 Id.
593 Id.at26.
594 Id.atvi.
595 Additionally,“72percentofattorneysandjudgessaidthatthesameamountofmoneycouldnot
be saved without the CBAs.” Id. at vi. 596 Id.at34.
597 Id.at28.
598 Id.atvi.
599 Id.at.vi,28.
No recommendation presented herein represents T H E A D H O C C O M M I T T E E T O R E V I E W T H E C R I M I N A L J U S T I C E A C T the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States unless approved by the Conference itself.















































































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