|Citing Emergency, Judiciary Cuts Fees for Court-Appointed Lawyers|
In an emergency move to preserve Federal Defender staffing in FY 2014, the Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States has reduced hourly rates for court-appointed panel attorneys by $15 per hour. Payments to panel attorneys for up to four weeks of work done in FY 2014 will be deferred to FY 2015. An Aug. 16 letter described the moves as temporary and undesireable, but said "they are necessary to avoid permanent damage to the federal defender program."
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