This isn't much of a surprise, yet it is truly unfortunate. For those of you who currently take on court-appointed work in the federal criminal justice system, or are considering doing so, Fourth Circuit Chief Judge William Traxler, who serves as chairman of the U.S. Judicial Conference, has announced a rate cut for the next two years, by $15 an hour, reports the Courthouse News Service.
The letter, addressed to U.S. District Court Judge Catherine Blake, CC'd to the entire Judicial Conference, and posted by CNS, states that "dire fiscal circumstances" have necessitated the cuts. Judge Traxler states in the letter, "Measures of this kind, however, are not sustainable in the long term, and certainly would not be required if the judiciary were receiving an appropriate level of funding in this account."