Jurors for $5 a day

August 02, 1999

Here is an excerpt of an editorial from the San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, which was published Friday.

IN 1957, a gallon of gas cost 24 cents, a loaf of bread was 25 cents and average annual income was less than $5,000. And California paid its jurors $5 a day. Which of those hasn't changed? If you guessed "juror pay," go to the head of the class.

A bill that would improve juror compensation made its way through the legislature last year but was vetoed by then-Gov. Pete Wilson.

This year, a new version of that bill would increase the rate from $5 per day to $12.50 (after the first day, which traditionally goes unpaid).

Jurors deserve more consideration than they now receive, and a pay increase is a good place to start. We urge the Senate Appropriations Committee members to approve this bill when they return from their summer recess.

Pub Date: 8/02/99

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