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“Guidelines for Filing a Compensation Claim Beyond the Maximum Limit in Appellate Cases”

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In legal proceedings, particularly at the appellate level, there are instances where an attorney’s work may exceed the statutory case compensation maximum. In such situations, filing a Compensation Claim in Excess of the Statutory Case Compensation Maximum becomes necessary to ensure fair compensation for extensive legal services provided.


This need arises when the legal representation in an appellate case requires extraordinary time and effort, surpassing the compensation caps established by statute. These situations may involve complex legal issues, extended trial preparation, or lengthy appellate processes.

How to Draft

To draft a Compensation Claim in Excess of the Statutory Case Compensation Maximum:

  1. Case Identification: Begin with the case title, docket number, and the name of the appellate court.
  2. Summary of Services Rendered: Detail the services provided, including hours spent, nature of the work, and the reasons why the case required extraordinary effort.
  3. Breakdown of Standard Compensation: Outline the standard compensation received and how it aligns with the statutory maximum.
  4. Justification for Additional Compensation: Clearly justify the need for compensation beyond the statutory maximum. This should include specific challenges or complexities encountered in the case.
  5. Detailed Expense Report: Provide a comprehensive expense report, including any additional costs incurred during the appellate process.
  6. Signature and Verification: The claim should be signed by the attorney, affirming the accuracy and truthfulness of the information provided.


File the completed claim with the Court of Appeals, ensuring compliance with the court’s procedural requirements. The claim should be accompanied by any necessary supporting documents that substantiate the request for additional compensation.


Filing a Compensation Claim in Excess of the Statutory Case Compensation Maximum is an important mechanism that allows attorneys to be fairly remunerated for exceptional work in appellate cases. It acknowledges the complexities of certain legal proceedings and ensures that legal professionals are justly compensated for their expertise and effort.