Court Increases Attorney Compensation

The Tennessee Supreme Court today announced increases to the maximum attorney compensation for some non-capital felony cases. Where the defendant is charged with first degree murder or a Class A or B felony, the Court raised the maximum from $1,500 to $2,500. They also raised the maximum in complex or extended cases for the same offenses to $5,000. The increased limits apply to cases where counsel is appointed after Jan. 1, 2014. These changes were among those advocated by petitions filed two years ago by the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers with TBA support.