Public Defender's Handbook
Fact Witness Voucher
Once a witness is advised
that his or her attendance is no longer required,
a Fact Witness Voucher, Form OBD-3 (Appendix 2),
is obtained from the District Court
or Federal Public Defender for each witness subpoenaed.
Part I - Attendance
The voucher is to be
prepared by the attorney for each witness. The attorney
is responsible for completing the top of the form, including the Social Security Number (SSN) and Part I -
Attendance Certification (Sections A
Part II - Allowances
Sections C through F:
The attorney is responsible for completing these
sections. The amount columns should not be completed. The right column section will be completed
by the U.S. Marshal’s office.
Section G, Witness
Certification: The witness must sign the voucher.
Section H, Claim
Verification: A Government employee must be designated
to authorize witness vouchers. After a witness has testified,
the court appointed attorney should present the
voucher to the Clerk of the Court
or his Deputy for signature.
The voucher must then be
submitted by a Government employee or court
appointed attorney to the U.S. Marshal’s office for payment.
NOTE: Witnesses may not
deliver the voucher to the U.S. Marshal’s office.
Part III -
Certification and Part IV - Disbursement are for
U.S. Marshal’s office use only.
The U.S. Marshal’s office
will review the voucher for completeness and accuracy,
then process the voucher for payment. Usually, the payment will be
mailed to the address on the voucher, therefore, care and attention
should be taken to make sure that the
address is accurate and legible. Under unusual
circumstances, the U.S. Marshal’s office may pay the witness immediately
if the witness requires the funds to return home and prior arrangements
have been made.