Monday, June 15, 2015

eVouchers on the Horizon

The Tenth Circuit today announced:

In July 2015 (exact date to be determined), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit will transition from our current, paper based system for processing Criminal Justice Act ("CJA") vouchers to eVoucher, a nationally supported, web based application for managing CJA appointments and processing CJA vouchers.

The implementation of eVoucher will obviate the need for CJA counsel in Tenth Circuit appeals to submit the paper vouchers, documentation, and the related Microsoft Excel workbook that are currently required. Instead, counsel will enter their time and expenses, and submit their vouchers and supporting documentation, via eVoucher, which will route the vouchers to the court for review, approval and payment. Later this summer, eVoucher will be integrated with the federal judiciary's CJA payment system, which will allow payment to occur via electronic funds transfer, thereby decreasing the amount of time between approval of a voucher and counsel's receipt of the resulting payment.

At the time that eVoucher is implemented, all pending CJA appointments in Tenth Circuit appeals will be entered into eVoucher by Clerk's Office staff, and all vouchers must be submitted by counsel via eVoucher. To be clear, the implementation at issue in this email affects only appellate CJA appointments and appellate CJA vouchers for Tenth Circuit appeals; implementation of eVoucher in the U.S. District Courts within the Tenth Circuit will be coordinated by the individual district courts.

In the coming weeks, you will receive additional emails regarding the exact date for implementation of eVoucher; your eVoucher account information; and eVoucher reference materials and training opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about eVoucher right now, some introductory materials have been posted to the Tenth Circuit website:

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation as we work towards a smooth implementation that will improve the affected processes for everyone involved.

Chris Wolpert
Chief Deputy Clerk
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
1823 Stout Street
Denver, CO 80257
Tel: (303) 335-3077