7th Circuit proposes local fee order rule changes

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has proposed revisions to its local fee rule that would strike the explicit current local attorney admission fee of $15 and replace it with language referring to the court’s attorney admission local fee order. That order currently sets the fee at $15, as well.

The court announced the proposed change to Circuit Rule 46(b) on Thursday. The 7th Circuit clerk’s office did not immediately reply to an IL email asking whether a local admission fee increase is being considered.

The local fee is in addition to the current national Court of Appeals attorney admission fee of $188, according to the national Court of Appeals Miscellaneous Fee Schedule.

The proposed rule amendment also revises language waiving the local admission fee for attorneys appointed to defend litigants on appeal pursuant to the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A.

The proposed rule change also revises the language concerning how money generated from the local fee will be used. The current rule says the funds are to be deposited in a fund used for “the purchase of law books, for library conveniences, or other court purposes … .”

Under the proposed rule, such language would be stricken and replaced as follows: “Local admission fees are segregated and retained in a designated Attorney Admission Fund administered by the custodian in accordance with the Seventh Circuit Attorney Admission Fund Plan.”

Comments on the proposed rule changes should be sent by May 17 via email to  [email protected]. Comments also may be mailed to Advisory Committee on Circuit Rules, c/o Clerk of Court, United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, 219 S. Dearborn St., Room 2722, Chicago, IL 60604.

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