One of the biggest complaints about doing jury duty just got a little easier on the wallet
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Jury duty pay increase in November waiting on Governor's signature
If the Governor agrees and signs off, beginning November 1, 2023, jurors in Oklahoma will receive an increase in jury pay for court cases in which they are selected to serve. Currently, the pay for jurors is $20 per day; the new increase will be $50 per day.
HB1024 specifically says the following about the fees and payments related to jury service in the state of Oklahoma. To read the actual text, find it here.
For those of us who are busy, here's a simplified explanation:
- Jurors in Oklahoma currently get paid $20 per day for their service. The new amount they will receive will be $50 per day for attending court and they're also reimbursed for their travel expenses according to the state's travel reimbursement rules.
- The Court Fund Board of the district court can arrange and pay for parking for jurors, instead of reimbursing them separately for parking fees.
- If someone is summoned for jury duty but gets excused from serving, they aren't eligible to receive these payments.
- There is a special fund called the Lengthy Trial Fund that provides full or partial wage replacement or supplementation to jurors who serve for more than ten days.
- From the eleventh day of jury service, the court may pay replacement or supplemental wages of up to $200 per day per juror. From the fourth to the tenth day, the court may award up to $50 per day if the juror experiences financial hardship.
- Jurors who qualify for payment from the a special fund called the Lengthy Trial Fund can request payment by submitting a form provided by the administrator. The payment is the difference between the state-paid jury fee and the actual wages the juror earns, up to a maximum amount, minus any payment received from the employer during the same period.
What do you think of the new law? Is it something that Oklahomans need?
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