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March 2003 , Page 41 

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Legislation

By Kyle O'Dowd

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It's not all bad: 108th Congress offers hope of indigent defense improvements

The 108th Congress marks the 40th anniversaries of both the Gideon decision and the federal Criminal Justice Act. In addition to its vigorous public education effort, NACDL will seek to commemorate these legal landmarks with legislation to ensure fair compensation for appointed counsel and competent representation for the poor. Scattered among the rising heap of bills proposing new federal crimes, enhanced penalties, and broader law enforcement powers lie a few proposals that would actually improve our criminal justice system.

CJA rates and FY 2003 appropriations

Anyone who takes federal appointed cases knows that the hourly rate for non-capital cases was increased to $90 in the 2002 appropriations bill. That rate increase, which applies to both in-court and out-of-court work, was implemented in May 2002. For FY 2003, the Federal Judicial Conference has requested $113 per hour, to make

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