NOTICE: REDUCTION OF CJA PANEL ATTORNEY HOURLY RATES. Both the panel attorney non-capital hourly rate and the maximum capital hourly rate (for federal capital prosecutions and capital post-conviction proceedings), which the Judicial Conference has authorized pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act and the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, will be reduced by $15, to $110 and $163 respectively for work performed from 09/01/2013 through 09/30/2014. Where the appointment of counsel occurred before this effective date, the new compensation rates apply to that portion of services provided on or after 09/01/2013.
To achieve the federal defender staffing objective, and avoid even more furloughs and layoffs, the Executive Committee also decided to defer into FY 2015 up to four weeks of payments to panel attorneys and other service providers that otherwise would be payable in FY 2014. Both the rate reductions and the payment deferrals are subject to the receipt of additional funding or the taking of other steps to reduce funding requirements.
***WARNING: Bogus Phone Calls on Jury Service May Lead to Fraud*** In various parts of the US, citizens are being targeted by phone calls and threatened with prosecution for failing to comply with jury service in federal or state courts. In the calls, the threat of a fine for shirking jury service is used to coerce those called into providing confidential data, potentially leading to identity theft and fraud. These calls are not from real court officials. Federal courts do not require anyone to provide social security numbers, credit card information or any other sensitive information over the phone. Persons receiving a telephone call requesting such information should not comply with the request and should notify the Clerk of Court's Office in the US District Court in their area.
NEW PROCEDURE: Effectively immediately all Consent and District Judge Option requests should be submitted to the Court's new e-mail box Consents_OKED@oked.uscourts.gov. For complete instructions refer to the Court's Administrative Guide and the letter from the Clerk of Court which accompanies the consent and district judge option documentation.
***CLOSING OF COURT*** The US District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma will be closed Monday, May 26, 2014 for Memorial Day.