Page 5 - Ad Hoc Report June 2018
P. 5

 3.5 Panel Attorney Hourly Rates.....................................................................................................................................................................52 3.5.1 Budget Process to Determine Panel Attorney Rates......................................................................................................52 3.5.2 EffectsoftheNationalCJAPanelRate.........................................................................................................................................53 3.5.3 Rate increases Over Time...........................................................................................................................................................................54 3.5.4 Locality...........................................................................................................................................................................................................................55 3.5.5 Overhead....................................................................................................................................................................................................................56 3.5.6 How Rate Affects Representation......................................................................................................................................................57
3.6 Examples of How Structural Conflicts Influence
the Administration of the CJA............................................................................................................................................................58
3.6.1 TheLessonsofSequestration................................................................................................................................................................58 3.6.2 Work Measurement..........................................................................................................................................................................................64 3.6.3 Clemency....................................................................................................................................................................................................................67 3.6.4 Probation Officer Protection Act........................................................................................................................................................69
Section 4: Local CJA Panel Administration...............................................................................................................71
4.1 Importance of CJA Plans for Representation....................................................................................................................71
4.2 Aspects of Effective Plans................................................................................................................................................................................74 4.2.1 WhoShouldManagethePanel............................................................................................................................................................74 4.2.2 AchievingQualityRepresentation....................................................................................................................................................79
4.3 BestPracticesinPanelAdministration.....................................................................................................................................81 4.3.1 ModelPlan..................................................................................................................................................................................................................81 4.3.2 CJA Supervisory Attorney Pilot Program...................................................................................................................................82
4.4 eVoucher....................................................................................................................................................................................................................................84
Section 5: Compensation System Under the CJA.................................................................................86
5.1 Policy Regarding Compensation........................................................................................................................................................86
5.2 ProblemswithJudicialReview...............................................................................................................................................................87
5.2.1 Requiring Judges to Determine the Defense Attorney’s
Compensation Distorts the Adversarial Process...............................................................................................................89
5.2.2 Judges Are Not Well Situated to Decide the Reasonableness of Fees..........................................................92
5.2.3 Judicial Voucher Review Produces Wildly Inconsistent Outcomes.............................................................. 95
5.2.4 ArbitraryVoucherCutting........................................................................................................................................................................96
5.2.5 Voucher Cuts Based on Generalizing or Averaging Case Costs........................................................................101
5.3 The Scope and Gravity of Inappropriate Voucher Cutting..................................................................... 103 5.3.1 Self-cutting(“Voluntary”Reductions).......................................................................................................................................104 5.3.2 Voucher Cutting is Increasing.............................................................................................................................................................107 5.3.3 EffectsofVoucherCutting......................................................................................................................................................................108
No recommendation presented herein represents
the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United 2 0 1 7 R E P O R T O F 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 iii
States unless approved by the Conference itself.
 












































































   3   4   5   6   7