INSTRUCTIONS FOR CJA FORM 24 [PDF]
Read these instructions carefully before completing the form. Accuracy and thoroughness will aid in prompt payment of the claim. If possible, use a typewriter to complete the form; otherwise, write legibly with a ballpoint pen (preferably black or dark blue ink). If the form is system generated, Items 1 through 11 will be preprinted on the form. If additional space is needed to complete an item, attach a continuation sheet to the form.
Item 1. CIR./DIST./DIV. CODE: This four-character court location code is the circuit or district, and divisional office codes of the court where authorization is given to procure the transcript.
Item 2. PERSON REPRESENTED: Give the full name of the person whom representation is being provided (i.e., the person whom transcript services are requested). Only one name should be entered in Item 2 "Person Represented."
Items 3-6. DOCKET NUMBERS: Provide the case file number or the miscellaneous number of the case for which representation is provided. Enter the number using the last two digits of the calendar year (YY), the sequential number assigned by the court (NNNNNN), and the defendant number (DDD) if applicable. Thus, the docket number format is YY-NNNNNN-DDD.
Complete a separate voucher for each transcript requested. Prorate the total transcript cost among the cases when costs are shared or apportioned. Cross reference all related claims for which costs are prorated or apportioned.
Item 7. IN CASE/MATTER OF (CASE NAME): In criminal cases, enter U.S. vs Defendant's Name. If it is a multiple defendant case, give the case cite as provided on the information or indictment (e.g., U.S. vs. Lead Defendant's Name, et al.) If the person represented is not a defendant (e.g. material witness), enter the first named defendant in the court's recording of the case. If this is a civil case (e.g., habeas corpus), enter the Name of the Petitioner vs. the Name of the Respondent and include the respondent's title. If other than a criminal or civil case (i.e., miscellaneous matters), enter "In the Matter of" followed by the Name of the Person Represented.
Item 8. PAYMENT CATEGORY: Check the appropriate box that defines the statutory threshold for this representation type. If "Other" payment category is checked, specify the category within the scope of the Criminal Justice Act (CJA). See paragraph 2.22 B(2) of the Guidelines for the Administration of the CJA and Related Statutes (CJA Guidelines), Volume VII, Guide to Judiciary Policies and Procedures.
Item 9. TYPE PERSON REPRESENTED: Check the box that categorizes the legal status of the person represented.
Item 10. REPRESENTATION TYPE: From the list below, select the code that describes the type of representation:
Item 11. OFFENSE(S) CHARGED: Cite the U.S. Code, title and section, of the offense or offenses for which the person represented is charged. If a death penalty case, cite the charge for which the death penalty is being sought. If a civil matter, such as a capital habeas representation or motion attacking sentence, cite 28 U.S.C. § 2254 or 28 U.S.C. § 2255, respectively.
Item 12. PROCEEDINGS IN WHICH TRANSCRIPT IS TO BE USED: Describe briefly the nature of the proceeding or other purpose for which the transcript is required (e.g., motion hearing, trial preparation, trial, appeal).
Item 13. PROCEEDINGS TO BE TRANSCRIBED: Describe specifically the type of proceedings to be transcribed (e.g., preliminary hearing, arraignment, plea, sentencing, trial, motions, parole or probation proceedings, state court proceedings, deposition). For restrictions on trial transcripts, see Item 14.
Item 14. SPECIAL AUTHORIZATIONS (services other than ordinary transcript): The following services are permitted only if the judicial officer gives special authorization (initialed by the judicial officer where required on the form):
Item 15. ATTORNEY'S STATEMENT: The court-appointed counsel or the person proceeding pro se under the CJA must sign and date the affirmation statement, and print or type the signatory's name. Check the appropriate box to designate your status as a CJA panel attorney, a retained attorney whose client is unable to afford the cost of the transcript service, a person who qualifies for representation under the CJA but who has chosen to proceed pro se, or an attorney from a legal organization (bar association, legal aid agency, or community defender organization not receiving a periodic sustaining grant under the CJA).
Item 16. COURT ORDER: This order must be signed and dated by the presiding judicial officer, indicating eligibility under the CJA. An additional court order is not necessary to authorize procurement and payment for this service.
Item 17. COURT REPORTER/TRANSCRIBER STATUS: Check the appropriate box that indicates the reporter's status. Generally, this information will be provided by the court, the reporter, or the clerk.
Item 18. PAYEE'S NAME, MAILING ADDRESS AND TELEPHONE NUMBER: Print or type the full name and mailing address of the payee. Provide the payee's telephone number, including the area code.
Item 19. SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER OR EMPLOYER ID NUMBER OF PAYEE: Provide your Social Security Number (SSN) or your Employer Identification Number (EIN) that you use to report earnings to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
Item 20. TRANSCRIPT COSTS: Cost per page for transcripts prepared by official court reporters, contract court reporters, and transcribers of taped proceedings may not exceed the rates in effect at the time the authorization. Generally, persons proceeding under the CJA may receive only the original or a copy of the transcript. Two lines for transcript costs have been provided on the form to reflect that the page rate will vary depending upon whether the party received the original or a copy, and that certain portions may be provided at a higher rate for accelerated service. (If more lines are needed to reflect these factors, attach an additional sheet and record the information in the same format as on the form.) A page of transcript shall consist of 25 lines typed on 8 -1/2 x 11 inch paper, prepared for binding on the left side, with 1-3/4 inch margin on the left side and a 3/8 inch margin on the right side. Typing shall be 10 letters per inch. Provide the page numbers for each segment of the transcript.
Item 21. CLAIMANT'S CERTIFICATION: Generally, the person providing the transcript services will sign this certification. However, if the transcript has been paid for, the attorney can request reimbursement for the cost on this form by signing the claimant's certification. In that event, the attorney also must be listed as the payee in Item 18, and the information required in Items 18 and 19 (SSN, payee's mailing address and telephone number) should relate to the attorney. If the 1099 should be sent to the attorney's Law Firm, indicate the TIN of the Law Firm or corporation and the Law Firm or corporate name in Item 19.
Items 22. CERTIFICATION OF ATTORNEY OR CLERK. The attorney's signature in Item 22 verifies that the transcript was received. Clerks of court may verify receipt on behalf of persons proceeding pro se, and on behalf of all CJA parties in districts if the practice is authorized by local rule of the court.
Item 23. APPROVED FOR PAYMENT: After reviewing for reasonableness and compliance with the CJA Guidelines, the presiding judicial officer must sign and date the voucher
Item 24. AMOUNT APPROVED. The amount approved for payment.
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