Status of Court-Appointed Counsel Payments; Temporary Suspension of Direct Deposit Program
June 26, 2009
The Administrative Office of the Courts has issued an email memorandum addressed to California court-appointed counsel announcing measures resulting from the state's fiscal problems. Effective July 2, 2009, the state Controller will issue warrants (i.e. IOUs) instead of checks to appointed counsel. All claims submitted to the Controller on or after Monday, June 29 will be paid via registered warrant and the direct deposit program will be temporarily suspended. The AOC will provide additional information as it learns which banks will honor the warrants. In addition, the warrants will be send by mail because they cannot be issued by direct deposit.
Here is the text of the email from the AOC:
June 25, 2009
Court Appointed Counsel Panel Attorneys
Director, Appellate and Trial Court Services Division
Administrative Office of the Courts
Registered Warrants Issued for Payment of Court–Appointed Counsel Compensation Claims
Appellate and Trial Court Judicial Services
This memo is to update you on the recent information that the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) received today from the State Controller’s Office (SCO) regarding registered warrants, also known as IOUs. Due to the State’s current cash flow shortage, effective Thursday, July 2, 2009, the SCO will start issuing registered warrants to the court–appointed counsel. All (non-capital and capital) compensation claims submitted to SCO on or after Monday, June 29 will be paid via registered warrant and the direct deposit program will be temporarily suspended.
During this period, we ask that you do not change your banking information if you have direct deposit. Once the cash issue is resolved we will reinstate direct deposit payments through your current bank unless you advise us otherwise at that time.
You will receive a registered warrant through the mail at the address that is currently on file with the AOC’s Accounting Office. If you have questions about whether your claim was transmitted to the AOC before Monday, June 29, please contact your project.
At this time, we do not know which bank institutions will accept the registered warrants. As the AOC receives more information on this situation, we will update you.
Thank you for your continued work on behalf of indigent appellants in California.
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