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Jurors’ allowance to be increased to $2,000 from $500

Ministry of Justice | 2015-07-02 00:00:00

The Minister of Justice, Senator the Honourable Mark Golding has signed Regulations that will increase the allowance payable to persons who serve as jurors in civil and criminal cases. The Regulations were signed by the Honourable Minister on June 17, 2015 and Gazetted on June 18, 2015.

Jury duty is voluntary service that is required of citizens by way of a contribution to the rule of law on which our democratic system of governance is based. The allowance is therefore intended to assist in meeting jurors’ travelling expenses and refreshment during each day’s jury service.

This increase in the jury allowance comes at a time when the Ministry of Justice is pursuing a programme of reform of the Justice System, including legislation to improve the functioning of the jury system.  The empanelling of jurors has become a major challenge, often leading to delays in the commencement of trials.

Under the Jury (Jurors’ Expenses in Criminal Cases) Regulations, 2015 and the Jury (Jurors’ Expenses in Civil Cases) Regulations, 2015, persons serving as jurors will be paid a stipend of Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000) per day for jury service, up from Five Hundred Dollars ($500) per day. The allowance accrues on each day throughout the duration of the trial in which they serve as jurors. The allowance was last adjusted in 1998.

The Jury (Amendment) Bill 2015, which has been drafted and will soon be brought to Parliament, will (among other things) widen the pool from which jurors can be selected, and provide protection for workers from adverse employer action resulting from giving jury service.

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