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News from the Director

May 16, 2017

We have updates on (1) EClaims replacement; (2) Travel Expense Guidelines; (3) TrueFiling Expense line (4) Prop 57 Guidelines

1. EClaims Replacement

We will be migrating to a new EClaims system at the end of the month. The new system will be the same one that CAP-LA and SDAP are already using. The current EClaims program will go offline at 6 pm Thursday, May 25, and the new program will be live starting June 1st. During that time, no eClaims data will be accessible. On June 1, a different internet address (URL) will be available with eClaims version 2. From 6 pm on May 25 though May 31 you will not be able to work on, examine, or submit claims.

2. Travel Policy

The Court Appointed Counsel Program’s Travel Policy has been updated, effective for cases appointed after January 1, 2017.

The new rates are as follows:

Mileage $0.50 per mile (previously $0.485 per mile)


Breakfast—$8.00 (previously $6.00) Lunch—$12.00 (previously $10.00) Dinner—$20.00 (previously $18.00)

Lodging The new lodging reimbursement rates are:

$150— San Francisco
$140 —Alameda, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties
$120—Monterey, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange, and Ventura Counties
$110—all other California Counties not listed

Please see the attached memorandum from Appellate Court Services for additional information. Please remember: the new rates only apply to cases appointed after January 1, 2017. If you already submitted an interim claim and used the wrong rate, you can correct it on the final claim. If you submitted a final claim and used the wrong rate, please contact FDAP before submitting a supplemental final claim.

3. TrueFiling Expenses

The Judicial Council of California will soon be designating an expense line for TrueFiling expenses. Please watch for this announcement from all the projects.

4. Prop 57

Prop 57 provided new rules regarding prison credits and non-violent offender parole considerations. Attached please find (1) the emergency Prop. 57 regulations from CDCR and (2) a memorandum from the Prison Law Office on the implementation of Prop 57.                                                                                      


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