Some people get paid cash. This is a perk of being on a jury, but it’s not the only perk that you can get paid for. Sometimes your employer will give you points that you can use to redeem things at home or at work. If you need to get groceries, or go out for the evening, you can get some money credited to you as well.
Many times, you can get paid for coursework. In some states, you can be reimbursed for work you did outside of the courtroom. For example, if you went to school for a degree in psychology, but you worked as a life coach before putting that degree on your resume, you can get paid for it.
Sometimes, courses you take for jury duty are paid for out of pocket. Some companies will reimburse you for coursework that you’ve already paid for, but they may also cover coursework that you have not completed, but are set to receive credit for. So you might have paid for college coursework but be reimbursed for it. Whatever the case, it can be money well spent in the end.
Coursework can be anything from reading law and legal forms to performing background investigations. Whatever your specific course of study is, you should be able to get paid for it if you’re a jury member. You don’t need to be the most educated person in the courtroom – even a high school graduate can take a course on jury duty. As long as you can pass the required courses, you’ll be fine. In fact, the more education you have, the better paid you’ll be.
How do you know if your work is going to pay you for jury service? There are a number of ways to find out. One way is to ask your supervisor. They should be able to let you know if your work is covered or not. Another way is to check with your court house. They should be able to tell you if your job is considered part-time or full-time and how much time you’ll get paid for it.
What about child care if you’re working in a children’s hospital? The answer is that it depends on the facility and the state. If you work at a small children’s hospital, then you’ll be able to take care of your kids while you jury duty. For larger facilities, you may be required to spend some time off if you want to cover the entire jury. You may have to pay an hourly rate for child care if you want it; again check with your court house.
Many people think that being a jury clerk is a thankless job. There are other ways to get paid for jury service other than being a member of a jury. You could become a court reporter, transcriptionist, or even an editor of some type. This is another field that pays very well and allows for plenty of training before getting a job. Once you get a job in this field, you may even be able to quit your job so you can concentrate solely on becoming a reporter.