Saturday, January 29, 2011
In Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, jurors can contribute their jury pay to local charities. Jurors receive $9 per day for up to three days of service and $25 per day for four days and beyond if they are selected for a trial. They also receive 17 cents per mile in travel expenses based upon their zip codes. Jurors who volunteer their checks direct them to one of three local charities. So far, between 10% and 20% of jurors are participating.
Since 2003, neighboring Delaware County has operated a similar program and collected $450,000 for charities. Bar associations in jurisdictions without this program may want to consider proposing it. Here is an article on the program from the Montgomery News.