ACUS has released its newest Information Interchange Bulletin: Equal Access to Justice Act Basics.
The Bulletin provides a high-level overview of EAJA’s basic structure. It explains when parties that prevail against the federal government in certain judicial and administrative proceedings may be eligible to receive attorney’s fees and other expenses. It also describes the basic process for applying for such awards.
As the Bulletin explains, EAJA requires agencies to issue rules establishing procedures for the submission and consideration of applications after consulting with ACUS. To help agencies establish fair and effective rules, ACUS has developed Model Rules for Implementation of the Equal Access to Justice.
For more detailed information about EAJA, check out the Federal Administrative Procedure Sourcebook—a continuously updated online compilation of the key legal sources governing nearly every aspect of administrative procedure. The Sourcebook is a joint publication of ACUS and the American Bar Association’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice.
ACUS’s Office of the Chairman releases new Information Interchange Bulletins on an ongoing basis. Recent Bulletins have covered the National Environmental Policy Act, Freedom of Information Act, agency appellate systems, recordkeeping in informal rulemaking, and incorporation by reference.
All past and future Bulletins are available on our dedicated Information Interchange Bulletins webpage.