Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

True Civil Justice Depends on Fair Juror Compensation

January 2020 Bar Bulletin

By Stevie Glaberson

When Nicole Bednarczyk received a summons to appear for jury duty, she had a hard decision to make: answer the call and risk her financial stability, or find a way out of jury service. 

The law protects employees from being fired for taking time away from work to serve on a jury, but it does not necessarily require employers to continue to pay their employees during these periods. Instead, jurors are reliant on any money their state or local governments have decided to pay for jury service. In King County, Washington, where Ms. Bednarczyk was summoned, jurors are paid a mere ten...

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