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Arizona jurors getting first big pay raise in decades

For the first time in decades, Arizona has considerably raised the quantity of money jurors are compensated throughout trial service.

PHOENIX — The Arizona Supreme Court has greater than tripled the minimal quantity of money jurors can earn every day for sitting in on a trial. 

For the first time in over 50 years, state officers have elevated juror compensation to between $40 and $300 per day — beginning on day one of many trial. The pay rate had beforehand been set at $12 every day for trials lasting lower than 5 days.

The pay enhance applies to jurors serving in the superior courts. Jurors in the town and justice courts will proceed to be paid $12 per day.

Arizona’s courts had been capable of increase its juror compensation after state officers appropriated $1.6 million to the state trial fund.

Chief Justice Robert M. Brutinel mentioned the additional money ought to assist the courts appeal to a extra prepared pool of potential jurors and assist guarantee a extra balanced judicial system.

“That fundamental fairness includes placing decision-making in the hands of jurors who can truly be impartial and are representative of the communities in which they assemble,” Brutinel mentioned in a press release.

Individuals who’re unemployed, retired, or obtain earnings from one other supply might can nonetheless qualify for a monetary reimbursement.

All courts will reimburse jurors for mileage, no matter whether or not they’re chosen to serve or not. 

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