The Judicial Council of the Ninth Circuit has established maximum billing rates for investigators, paralegals, law clerks and other service providers. A range of hourly rates within the norm of rates paid in the Central District of California are listed below for other CJA appointed experts.
|Psychiatrists, Neurologists and other medically licensed experts||up to $275.00/hour|
|Psychologists (with Ph.D.)||up to $200.00/hour|
|Forensic Experts||up to $200.00/hour|
|Attorneys serving as experts in non-captial cases||$125.00/hour|
|Mitigation Specialists (non-testifying)||
up to $100.00/hour
($55 for record collection)
up to $75.00/hour
($55.00 for record collection)
|Paralegals||up to $45.00/hour|
|Law Clerks||up to $45.00/hour|
In addition to establishing the hourly rate, a cap must be set on the total amount authorized for expenditure. Both the rate and the authorized amount should be clearly indicated in the Court’s order. Please call 213-894-0978 if you have any questions regarding the information above or any other CJA issue.
The maximum billing rate for investigators is only justified if the case is a capital case and/or the investigator possesses unique skills that are necessary for the case.