CJA Service Providers Maximum Rates

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The ranges of hourly rates paid to CJA service providers in the Central District of California are listed below.

Paralegal 1 $45 – $55
Investigator 2 $70 – $85 ($55 for record collection)
Legal Analyst/Consultant $75 – $100
Mitigation Specialist $75 – $100 ($55 for record collection)
Attorney Expert – Capital Case $188
Attorney Expert – Non-Capital Case $140
Litigation Support Expert $65 – $129
Psychiatrist (M.D.) $250 – $375
Neurologist (M.D.) $250 – $375
Other Medically-licensed Expert (M.D. or D.O.) $250 – $375
Neuropsychologist (with Ph.D.) $200 – $350
Psychologist (with Ph.D.) $150 – $300
Accountant $150 – $275
Audio, Video, or Photo Analyst $100 – $200
Ballistics/Firearms Expert $150 – $250
Chemist $100 – $250
DNA $150 – $250
Fingerprint Analyst $100 – $125
Forensic Computer/Cellphone Analyst $150 – $250
Gang Expert $100 – $200
Handwriting Analyst $100 – $125
Jury Consultant $150 – $225
Interpreter/Translator $25.48 – $78.58
Document Translation 3 $0.165 cents per word

Paralegal Hourly Rate Policy: Standard (non-specialized) paralegal work will be compensated at the rate of $45/hr.  However, if the paralegal is a member in good standing of the California bar, standard paralegal work will be compensated at the rate of $50/hr.  In the event a paralegal has specialized skills, compensation for work involving those specialized skills will be compensated at the rate of $55/hr per task.  “Specialized skills” include subjective coding experience in at least two prior complex litigation cases, discovery database management expertise, or proficiency in a foreign language relevant to the case.

Investigator Hourly Rate Policy: Investigators will be compensated at the rate of $70/hr for general investigation and in cases alleging common types of crimes. However, if the investigator has a high level of investigative expertise relevant to the type of crime alleged or otherwise has special skills the case requires, the investigator will be compensated at the rate of $85/hr when using those skills.  In addition, if the investigator possesses foreign language skills used in the case, the investigator will be compensated at the rate of $85/hr when actually using those skills.

Document Translation Hourly Rate Policy: based on those prescribed by the United States Department of State, Office of Language Services, Translation Division.