Investigative, expert, or other services necessary to adequate representation, as authorized by 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(e), are available to persons who are eligible under the Criminal Justice Act (CJA), including those who have retained counsel but who are found by the court to be financially unable to obtain the necessary services. [Guide, Vol. 7, § 210.40.40] [Guide, Vol. 7, § 310.10.10(a)]

Retained Counsel

In responding to requests by a person represented by retained counsel, the court should inquire into the fee arrangement between the retained attorney and the client. [Guide, Vol. 7, § 310.10.20]

Pro Se Litigants

Persons who are eligible for representation under the CJA, but who have elected to proceed pro se, may, upon request, be authorized to obtain investigative, expert and other services in accordance with 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(e). For pro se litigants, in matters for which appointment is discretionary under 18 U.S.C. § 3006A(a)(2), the court should make a threshold determination that the case is one in which the interests of justice would have required the furnishing of representation. [Guide, Vol. 7, § 310.10.30]

The court should review and approve resulting claims in the same manner as is its practice with respect to requests made by CJA panel attorneys. [Guide, Vol. 7, § 310.10.30]