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 29. FJC should provide additional judicial training on:
ffThe requirements of § 2254 and § 2255 appeals, the need to generate extra-record information, and the role of experts, investigators, and mitigation specialists.
ffBest practices on the funding of mitigation, investigation, and expert services in death–eligible cases at the earliest possible moment, allowing for the presentation of mitigating information to the Attorney General.
Defender Information Technology
30. Adequately fund and staff NITOAD in order to control and protect defender IT
client information, operations, contracts, and management.
Resources: Litigation Support and Interpreters
31. Increase staff and funding for the National Litigation Support Team, as well as increased funding for contracts for Coordinating Discovery Attorneys to be made available throughout the United States.
32. Create new litigation support position(s) in each district or at the circuit level, as needed, to assist panel attorneys with discovery, evaluation of forensic evidence and other aspects of litigation.
33. Develop a national policy requiring the use of qualified interpreters whenever necessary to ensure defendants’ understanding of the process.
Legislative Changes
34. Amend 18 U.S.C. § 4285 to permit courts to order payment of costs in the limited circumstances where the defendant is unable to bear the costs and the court finds that the interests of justice would be served by paying necessary expenses.
35. Congress must amend the Criminal Justice Act to eliminate circuit court review of attorney and expert fees exceeding current statutory caps.
No recommendation presented herein represents xl 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 the policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States unless approved by the Conference itself.

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