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.
- 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 – in fact, they may be fined for not attending.
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 also provided for expenses incurred as the result of being a juror – for example, necessary and reasonable travel, and other expenses (as set out by the Jury Act).
The sheriff at the trial will let jurors know what expenses will be reimbursed. Expense claims must be handed in to the sheriff. Receipts are required.
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.