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Federal Criminal Justice Act Assistance

BERTO LEGAL SERVICES OFFERS CJA BILLING ASSISTANCE FOR ALL CJA BILLING CATEGORIES:

  1. Filing the CJA 20: “Appointment of and Authority to Pay Court Appointed Counsel.”
    1. To complete the CJA-20 on-line, click here. Please note that you will be directed to the CJA Services log-on web page, where only attorneys having an approved user name and password can log in.
      Or, you can upload your Client’s contemporaneous time sheets and we will submit your CJA 20 Worksheets/Vouchers for payment upon your approval of a Draft Summary of each case billing. Upon approval of the Draft Summary, we will submit the vouchers into the CJA Services System on your behalf.
  2. Filing the CJA 21: “Authorization and Voucher for Expert and other Services.”
    1. Any Authorization for Expert Services that is estimated to be $800 or less, the CJA Form 21 can be signed by Counsel and sent directly to the Expert Vendor for their submission to CJA for payment.
    2. You can upload the Vendor’s information and we will complete the CJA 21 application and fax and/or email it back to your office for Counsel’s signature and your office’s mailing to the Expert Vendor for the Vendor’s CJA Remittance.
      1. Or you can sign the blank Form CJA 21, e-mail and/or fax it to Berto Legal Services where we will complete the form, fax and/or e-mail it back to your office for final approval. Upon final approval, we will deliver the authorization to the Expert Vendor, via delivery of your choice.
  3. Filing the CJA 23: “Financial Affidavit”
    1. The “Financial Affidavit” is an application that Counsel can use in “retained client” cases where the client has no further disposal resources to pay for his/her defense and vital expert services. Counsel can make application via CJA 23 to have the District Court Order that CJA pay for said services.
    2. The CJA 23 must be signed by the Client and filed Under Seal with an Application and [Proposed] Order to the District Court for funding approval.
    3. Berto Legal Services will meet with the Client to complete the form, obtain the Client’s signature, and file the form Under Seal with Application and [Proposed] Order. (Fee is subject to Client’s physical whereabouts in addition to Fee Schedule charges.)
  4. Filing the CJA 24: “Authorization and Voucher for Payment of Transcribed Records.”
    1. All interim and post trial transcripts to be used during trial and/or on appeal can be obtained via CJA 24. An affidavit, from Counsel, may be required for those records requested other than standard 30 day delivery, i.e., expeditiously, daily, hourly, and/or real time unedited.
    2. The CJA 24 must be filed electronically into the ECF, for which Berto Legal Services will file under Counsel’s log-in. We only require an email with case name and number; how the transcript is to be used; e.g., trial and/or Appeal, the dates of the records required, and the requested categorical time frame in which the records are needed.
  5. Filing the CJA 26: “Supplemental Information Statement for a Compensation Claim in
                                   Excess of the Statutory Case Compensation Maximum: District Court.”

    1. The CJA-26 form is now submitted on-line, directly to the CJA Office.To complete the CJA-26 on-line, click here. Please note that you will be directed to the CJA Services log-on web page, where only attorneys having an approved user name and password can log in.
    2. The statutory limitation for compensation, for a CJA Court Appointment to be approved at the District Court level for a Court Appointed Case is $9,800. When the accrued billing exceeds the statutory limit, Counsel must attach a CJA 26 to the CJA 20 Voucher when submitting the Voucher in the CJA Services System.
    3. Berto Legal Services will provide this service, for an additional nominal fee in conjunction with the services provided in paragraph 1. (See Fee Schedule)
  6. Filing the CJA 29: “Application for Authorization to Obtain CJA Services.”
    1. To complete the CJA-29 on-line, click here. Please note that you will be directed to the CJA Services log on page, where only approved users having user name and password information can login.
    2. The CJA 29 must be filed into the CJA Services System, with the District Court’s approved Order attached (which is sometimes requested by CJA), for prior approval of an Application for Expert Services when the Expert Fees are expected to exceed $800, with the exception of Translator Services which has a $2,400 limit.
    3. Berto Legal Services will provide this filing service, for nominal fee. (See Fee Schedule)
    4. Berto Legal Services will also draft and file the Application For Expert Services and the [Proposed] Order (if required by CJA) for a fee in addition to the CJA 29 fee schedule.
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  7. Filing the CJA 30: “Death Penalty Proceedings: Appointment of and Authority to Pay Court Appointed Counsel.”
    1. To complete the CJA-30 on-line, click here. Please note that you will be directed to the CJA Services log-on web page, where only attorneys having an approved user name and password can log in.
      Or, you can upload your Client’s contemporaneous time sheets and we will submit your CJA 30 Worksheets/Vouchers for payment upon your approval of a Draft Summary of each case billing. Upon approval of the Draft Summary, we will submit the vouchers into the CJA Services System on your behalf.
  8. Filing the CJA 31: “Death Penalty Proceedings: Ex Parte Request for Authorization and Voucher for Expert and Other Services.”
    1. With respect to federal death penalty and capital habeas corpus proceedings commenced, and appellate proceedings in which an appeal is perfected, on or after April 24, 1996, the fees and expenses for investigative, expert, and other services are limited to $7,500 in any case unless:
      1. Payment in excess of the statutory limited amount must be certified by the U.S. District Court or Magistrate Court.
      2. The $7500 limit applies to the total payments for investigative, expert, and other services in a case, not each service individually.
    2. You can upload the Vendor’s information and we will complete the CJA 31 application and fax and/or email it back to your office for Counsel’s signature and your office’s mailing to the Expert Vendor for the Vendor’s CJA Remittance.
      1. Or you can sign the blank Form CJA 31, e-mail and/or fax it to Berto Legal Services where we will complete the form, fax and/or e-mail it back to your office for final approval. Upon final approval, we will deliver the authorization to the Expert Vendor, via delivery of your choice.

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