Compensation for Missing Work Due to Jury Duty

Jurors are paid a fee for each day they sit on a trial.  Jury fees and expense reimbursements are paid to jurors every two weeks and at the conclusion of the trial. If a trial lasts more than 50 days, fees and expenses are paid weekly.

Daily fees:

  • First 10 days: $20 a day
  • 11 to 49 days: $60 a day
  • 50 days or more: $100 a day

Fees and reimbursements are not provided for any days that a juror is absent.

Under the Employment Standards Act, an employer is not obligated to pay you for lost wages incurred during jury duty. However, some employers choose to continue to pay their employees’ full wages during this period.  Contact your employer for more information on their policies.

Expenses

Reimbursement is provided for expenses incurred as the result of being a juror. Expense claims must be handed in to the sheriff (receipts are required).

Eligible expenses include:

  • Up to $20 per day for parking costs to attend a sitting or trial if a receipt is provided to the sheriff;
  • $0.53 per kilometre for travel costs to and from the courthouse to attend a sitting or trial for travel in excess of 32 km per day if the juror uses his or her own vehicle;
  • Up to $15 per day for taxi costs for travel to and from the courthouse to attend a sitting or trial if a receipt is provided to the sheriff;
  • Up to $10 per day for public transportation costs for travel to and from the courthouse to attend a sitting or trial;
  • Up to $50 per day per child for child care costs to attend a sitting or trial if
    • a receipt is provided to the sheriff, and
    • the child care was arranged solely to attend a sitting or trial and would not otherwise have been provided.

Meals

During the trial, tea and coffee are provided. Jurors are responsible for all meals, except when the jury is sequestered (this is when a jury is kept in a private location while deciding on a verdict). In those situations, meals and accommodation will be provided as needed.