Public Defender's Handbook
Travel by Privately Owned
If the witness uses a POV
for their convenience, they will be paid as if they traveled by common
carrier. However, if the presiding officer of the Court
or the Clerk of the Court authorizes the use of a POV, then a reasonable minimum daily travel distance is 300 miles
one way. If a witness leaves their
residence earlier than necessary, they will be paid only for the travel time to the court city.
If the witness wishes to
commute to and from home, and it is more expensive
than obtaining lodging in the court city, then the witness will be paid whichever is lesser to the government.