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News from the Director

Controller to Stop Issuing IOUs on Sept. 4; Direct Deposit and Regular Warrant Program to Resume Sept. 4
August 27, 2009

Below is information from the Administrative Office of the Courts regarding compensation claims for panel attorneys (additional information can be found on the State Controller's IOU web page, with FAQs here:


This e-mail is to update you on the information that the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) received today from the California State Controller’s Office (SCO) regarding payments to court-appointed counsel (CAC) for the non-capital and capital compensation claims. 

As you are aware, the California State Controller’s Office announced in its August 13 press release that it will stop issuing IOUs (registered warrants) on September 4.  Today, the Administrative Office of the Courts was informed by SCO that the court-appointed counsel claims transmitted from the AOC on August 26 to SCO for payment will be the last CAC claims paid by IOUs for the Court-Appointed Counsel Program.  Additionally, we were informed that the direct deposit program will be resumed on September 4. 

In order for the AOC to switch its compensation system back to the two payment methods (regular warrant or direct deposit), the AOC must shut down the system for several days for modification and testing.  However, the AOC will continue to receive the daily claims submitted by the projects from August 27 through September 1 and will transmit these claims to SCO on September 2.  This will allow time for both the AOC and the SCO to make their system changes. 

The payment method you had been using (regular warrant or direct deposit) prior to the issuance of IOUs will be resumed effective Friday, September 4.  All direct deposit payments will be deposited into the banking information that you had in place prior to suspension of the direct deposit program.  It is important to note that Monday, September 7, is a legal holiday and direct deposits are not processed on holidays.

Thank you for your continued work on behalf of indigent appellants in California.

Deborah Collier-Tucker
Supervising Court Services Analyst
Appellate and Trial Court Services Division
Judicial Council of California - Administrative Office of the Courts
455 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102-3688
415-865-4251, Fax 415-865-4315, deborah .collier-tucker [-at-] jud.ca.gov
"Serving the courts for the benefit of all Californians"



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