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Capital Case Fees 4/11/2014

Effective for appointments as of November 18, 2013, Harris County District Courts have adopted an hourly fee schedule for indigent defense in capital cases:  $150 for first chair, $125 for second chair, and $75 per hour for investigators and mitigation specialists.  The previous flat rates will no longer apply.

With respect to the $75 for mitigation specialists and investigators:  There is no credential or license for a mitigation specialist, but such a person must have an investigator's license according to the Occupations Code.

The change applies to appointments made as of November 18, 2013.  In other words, they would not apply retroactively or to cases where appointments have already been made; they will apply prospectively only.
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