ASSEMBLY, No. 1660

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

216th LEGISLATURE

 

PRE-FILED FOR INTRODUCTION IN THE 2014 SESSION

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  GORDON M. JOHNSON

District 37 (Bergen)

Assemblyman  BENJIE E. WIMBERLY

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Increases juror compensation.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     Introduced Pending Technical Review by Legislative Counsel

  


An Act concerning juror compensation and amending P.L.1993, c.275.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 19 of P.L.1993, c.275 (C.22A:1-1.1) is amended to read as follows:

     19.  a.  Every person serving as a juror in New Jersey courts, whether as a grand or petit juror, shall receive, for each day's attendance at such courts, the sum of [$5] $40.

     b.    [In addition to the amounts received pursuant to subsection a. of this section,  each person serving as a juror, other than a person compensated pursuant to N.J.S.2B:20-16, shall be paid $35 for each consecutive day of attendance in excess of three days.  For the purposes of this subsection, "consecutive" days of attendance shall be counted excluding Saturdays, Sundays, State holidays and days when a trial is in recess] Deleted by amendment, P.L.    , c.     (C.        ) (pending before the Legislature as this bill).

     c.    The Assignment Judge of the vicinage shall designate the method of juror payment. The Assignment Judge shall keep an account of all juror fees paid under this section and provide each juror with a statement of the number of days the juror served and the amount of fees to which the juror is entitled.

(cf: P.L.2001, c.38, s.1)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     Currently, compensation for jurors is $5 per day.  This bill increases the amount of daily compensation for jurors to $40 to more fairly compensate jurors for their service and to bring such compensation up to date in accordance with today’s cost of living. This bill also deletes subsection b., which provides that a juror shall be compensated in the amount of $35 per day for each consecutive day of attendance in excess of three days.