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EIGHTH CIRCUIT JUDICIAL CONFERENCE (Apr 9, 2014)

The judges of the Eighth Circuit invite you to join them at the Hilton Omaha August 6 - 8, for the 2014 Eighth Circuit Judicial Conference.

CJA ATTORNEY RATE INCREASE - EFFECTIVE MARCH 1, 2014 (Feb 20, 2014)

The Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States has approved the final financial plans for fiscal year 2014.  The plan repeals the temporary reductions (implemented in September 2013) to hourly panel attorney rates and provides, consistent with the one percent Employment Cost Index increase for federal employees, a cost-of-living adjustment to panel attorney rates.  Effective March 1, 2014, panel attorney hourly rates will increase to $126 for non-capital representations and $180 for capital representations.  There are no changes in the case compensation maximums.

REASSIGNMENT OF CASE PROCESSING RESPONSIBILITIES (Jan 16, 2014)

Effective February 3, 2014, the case processing responsibilities for the Harrison and Hot Springs Divisions will be reassigned. The Harrison Division will be handled by the Fayetteville Divisional Office. New cases and other documents submitted for filing should be mailed to:

United States District Court
John Paul Hammerschmidt Federal Building
35 East Mountain, Suite 510
Fayetteville, AR 72701-5354

The Hot Springs Division will be handled by the Fort Smith Office. New cases and other documents submitted for filing should be mailed to:

United States District Court
Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Building
30 South 6th Street, Room 1038
Fort Smith, AR 72901-2437

CHANGE IN MILEAGE RATES (Jan 2, 2014)

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has announced a decrease in the reimbursement mileage rates effective January 1, 2014. The rate for privately owned automobiles has been decreased to $0.56 per mile. This rate applies to all judges, employees, jurors and CJA appointed attorneys and experts.  A copy of the authorized mileage travel allowance is attached:

AMENDMENTS TO FEDERAL RULES OF PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE (Dec 3, 2013)

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate, Bankruptcy, Civil and Criminal Procedure, and Federal Rules of Evidence became effective December 1, 2013, including significant revisions to Civil Rule 45, Subpoena. A listing of all amendments and revised forms is available below.

INCREASED COURT FEES (Nov 25, 2013)

The Administrative Office of the United States Courts has announced an increase in the following fees effective December 1, 2013.
Court of Appeals Filing Fee: Increased to $505.00.
Records Retrieval Fee: Increased to $64.00 for one box of records and $39.00 for each additional box.

Amended General Order No. 19 (Oct 25, 2013)

Amended General Order No. 19 was entered by Chief Judge P, K. Holmes, III, on October 23, 2013. The General Order provides that a Petition for Warrant for Offender Under Pretrial or Supervised Release and the issuance of a warrant for arrest will be maintained under seal until a warrant for arrest is returned executed and/or the defendant appears before a judicial office.

ORDER LIFTING STAY IN SOCIAL SECURITY CASES (Oct 22, 2013)
An Order was entered by Chief Judge P. K. Holmes, III, on October 22, 2013, Lifting the Stay in Social Security Cases, entered on October 11, 2013.    Deadlines, response dates, due dates or cut-off dates are extended from the previous deadline(s) for a period of thirty (30) days.

Click here to view the full order Lifting Stay...


Here is a link to the previous order Granting Stay...

NEW PROCEDURES FOR MOTIONS TO APPEAR PRO HAC VICE (Sep 3, 2013)

Effective September 1, 2013, Motions for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice MUST be submitted CONVENTIONALLY (in paper) with an Application Fee of $100.00.

For further information, please access Instructions for Motion for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice on the ATTORNEY INFORMATION page.

BOGUS COMMUNICATIONS REGARDING JURY SERVICE (Aug 28, 2013)
In various parts of the United States, citizens have received phone calls from alleged court officials for failing to appear for jury service pursuant to a summons. The calls attempt to coerce citizens to provide personal and confidential information. Disclosing this information may result in identity theft and fraud. Theses calls are hoaxes and scams...  (Continue Reading)
CHANGES IN ATTORNEY ADMISSION FEES (Aug 26, 2013)

Effective September 1, 2013, the following changes in Attorney Admission Fees will be implemented in the Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas:

  • Collection of Biennial Assessment for admitted attorneys will be suspended until further notice
  • Attorney Admission Fee will be increased to $200
  • A new Pro Hac Vice Application Fee of $100 will be charged
  • Public Notice
TEMPORARY REDUCTION IN CJA PANEL ATTORNEY HOURLY RATES (Aug 26, 2013)
The Executive Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States has determined that it is necessary to implement a temporary emergency $15 reduction in the hourly rates of compensation for Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel members.  The panel attorney non-capital rate of $125 will be reduced to $110, and the maximum capital hourly rate will be reduced from $178 to $163 for work performed from September 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014.  There are no changes in the case compensation maximums.
GENERAL ORDER NO. 43 (Aug 19, 2013)

General Order No. 43 IN THE MATTER OF ATTORNEY ADMISSIONS AND PRO HAC VICE FEES was entered by Chief Judge P. K. Holmes, III, on August 19, 2013.  The General Order suspends the $10.00 Biennial Assessment of Library Fund fees for attorneys admitted to practice in the Western and Eastern Districts of Arkansas, effective September 1, 2013.

Notice To Customers Presenting Checks (Jul 18, 2013)
When you provide a check as payment, you authorize us either to use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.  For inquiries, please call 479-783-6833.

Privacy Act – A Privacy Act Statement required by 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3) stating our authority for soliciting and collecting the information from your check, and explaining the purposes and routine uses which will be made of your check information, is available from our internet site at http://www.fms.treas.gov/otcnet/index.html, or call toll free at 1-866-945-7920 to obtain a copy by mail. Furnishing the check information is voluntary, but a decision not to do so may require you to make payment by some other method.