Payment for jury service
If you are selected as a juror, you will get paid an allowance. This is intended to reduce any financial hardship you may incur by serving as a juror.
The allowance is not intended to be equal to your normal wage or salary payment.
The amount you are paid depends on the length of the trial and whether you are currently employed or not employed. People who not employed include carers, stay at home parents, retirees and unemployed people.
The table below gives the current daily rate for jury service allowances.
|Days of trial||Daily rate||Employment status|
|Days 1 to 10||$104.75 a day||All jurors|
|Days 11 to trial end||$235.65 a day||
Jurors who are employed
$104.75 a day
|Jurors who are not employed|
If you attend for half a day on the first day, no allowance is payable.
All public servants are paid by their agencies whilst they are completing jury service and are not entitled to a jury payment.
As a juror you are also paid a travel allowance, calculated on the distance from your postcode to the courthouse at 30.7 cents per kilometre.
Jury allowance payments are made weekly, either by cheque mailed to your residential address or by electronic funds transfers to your nominated bank account.
If you have not received a payment, or you have any questions about payment, you should advise the court officer or sheriff’s staff attending to your jury panel.
As payments are processed mid-week it may appear that you are missing one or more day’s payment in your first cheque or EFT payment. You will find that these days will ‘catch up’ in the following weeks’ payment.
If you ask to be excused, no allowance is payable regardless of the time you are excused, as you are not making yourself available for jury service.