Jurors (except state government employees) are paid $20 for each day of attendance however long or short the attendance is each day. In addition, a travelling allowance of 85 cents per kilometre is paid and calculated from the juror’s residence to the court and return for each day’s attendance. These payments are made by cheque or Electronic Funds Transfer (if the Juror has provided their account details) automatically each fortnight.
If a juror suffers a monetary loss or incurs expenditure as a direct result of jury service (for example lost wages, employing a person to cover their absence at work if self-employed or the cost of child care outside of usual arrangements that may already exist) they can claim the actual amount to a maximum of $158 on top of the $20 payment for each day’s attendance. To claim this additional amount, jurors must complete and submit claim forms with evidence of their losses verified by their employer or childcare provider etc. To obtain a form, please visit the claim forms page or contact the Sheriff’s Office.
State Government Employees
If employed as a State Government employee, jurors will only be paid the travelling allowance of 85 cents per kilometre calculated from the juror’s residence to the court and return for each day’s attendance. The State Government will continue to pay the juror their normal wage and an application will need to be made to their department for special leave with pay. The Sheriff’s Office has a form that the juror will need to complete to confirm they are entitled to the travel allowance only and will need a certificate of attendance at the completion of jury service that will be required by their department.
Commonwealth and Local Government employees must liaise directly with their employer in relation to the payment of wages while on jury service as various arrangements apply for different agencies