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U.S. Marshals Service

Public Defender's Handbook

Appearance

For each day the witness is away from home to appear as a witness they are entitled to a $40 witness fee, plus expenses as outlined in the Travel, Lodging, Meals and Incidental Expenses section.

1. The Public Defender or court appointed attorneys may authorize payments for Pretrial Conferences not to exceed three days (five days if a weekend is included) with non-local witnesses between the scheduling of a trial, hearing or grand jury proceeding and a witness’ appearance.

2. Pretrial days caused by scheduling changes in trial, hearing or grand jury proceeding dates require a written explanation by an attorney. The explanation should be attached to the witness voucher.

3. Separate pre-trial travel for conferences are restricted unless approved by the presiding officer of the Court or the Clerk of the Court. For unusual circumstances see the Presiding Officer of the Court section.

 
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