The Third Circuit website today announced:
The Court of Appeals will be going live on eVoucher on June 6, 2016. All CJA attorneys are directed to review the attached notice regarding the deadline for submission of outstanding vouchers and the implementation process.
The notice is here. Some notable points:
In order to avoid delays in payment, all CJA appointed attorneys with outstanding
vouchers in appeals that are final or with vouchers eligible for interim payment must be
received in the Clerk’s Office in paper format on or before Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
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Once the Court transitions to eVoucher on June 6, 2016, the Court will no longer
be able to process any vouchers submitted in paper format. All paper vouchers submitted
after May 18, 2016 will be returned to counsel without processing. Counsel will then
have to wait to resubmit the voucher until the Clerk’s Office can create the appointment
in eVoucher. Vouchers cannot be submitted electronically until after the Court goes live
on June 6th.
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Any questions regarding this transition to eVoucher should be directed to
firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-299-4966.
The notice unfortunately doesn’t mention this, but I would think that the court’s inability to accept vouchers between May 18 and June 6 will mean that it will excuse compliance with its normal rule that CJA vouchers must be submitted within 45 days of the end of the case for cases where the deadline falls in the three-week no-submission period.
I just submitted my first eVoucher bill last month, in a non-Third Circuit case, and I’m still reserving judgment about the new system. But, improvement or not, it’s coming soon.