Idaho Jury Duty Compensation Might Go Up
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho jurors in lengthy trials could soon be getting a raise. The House Judiciary, Rules and Administration Committee unanimously voted Tuesday to introduce a bill that would pay jurors $50 per day if their trial lasts five days or longer.
Currently, counties in Idaho must pay jurors at least $10 per day. Chairman Richard Wills from Glenns Ferry says that although jury duty is a civic responsibility, a lengthy trial can become a financial burden.
The cost of the plan — roughly $75,000 per year — would be covered by a $2 increase for civil lawsuit filing fees. Democratic Rep. John Gannon from Boise said Idaho law currently allows counties to pay jurors up to $50 per day, but many counties continue to pay the minimum.