How to request funding for Investigative, Expert, and other services necessary for Adequate representation

Preparing a budget for court appointed investigators and experts (in computer/cell phone forensics) can be difficult, especially if you don’t have much experience with it. Budgets are something we are all familiar with, but it’s hard to manage when you don’t know when and where funding will come from.

Dan James at the Institute of Computer Forensic Examinations and Criminal Investigations (ICFECI) is a resource to the CJA-Panel.

Dan has been in the field of computer forensics since 1968, giving him a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills required for world-class investigative work. Dan has also been a Certified Fraud Examiner for over 25 years. With more than 50 years of experience in planning, working and budgeting computer forensic examinations and criminal investigations, Dan has the know-how and wherewithal to manage funding in a professional and effective manner.

Looking to request funding?

The following information may help.

Go to:

Scroll all the way down to “C” for CJA 28 forms. These forms are available as pdfs for you to edit digitally or print out yourself. There are various forms catering to experts, attorneys, etc. so be sure to select the right one for you.

The CJA 28 form templates are simple and easy to use. What you may find difficult however is knowing how to determine time involved in types of forensic examinations and criminal investigations. Even more difficult is estimating time involved in “Mega Cases” in areas of forensic science.

If you’re new to the field or struggling with budgeting, Dan James can help. Having dealt with funding requests for the best part of 50 years, Dan knows all the tips and tricks to ensure your budget planning is effective, successful and straightforward. Get in touch with Dan at if you need any assistance or have any questions.