Payment for jury service
You are paid an allowance for going to court each day or part-day. You’ll be paid more if you’re empanelled juror on a trial.
You also receive a meal allowance where lunch isn’t provided and an allowance for your travel to the courthouse.
Below are the allowances you may be entitled to receive.
Schedule of fees
Person summonsed for jury service but not a jury panel member (not empanelled)
Allowance for attending court for each day or part of a day
Juror or reserve juror
Remuneration for each day or part-day that a person serves as a juror or reserve juror on a trial
Additional remuneration for each day or part-day that a person serves as a juror or reserve juror on a trial (after the 20th weekday)
Daily allowance that a person serves as a juror or reserve juror on a trial that is adjourned for the full day or the person is not required to attend court (after the 20th weekday) *
Meal allowance if the jury is allowed to separate during lunch to obtain a meal
Meal allowance if the jury is allowed to separate for dinner to obtain a meal
*See Jury Regulation 2007 for details about the schedule of fees.
You can claim public transport costs for the days you have to go to court. You will be reimbursed fares for bus, train or ferry.
The amount will be based on your primary place of residence to the closest public transport facility. To claim the allowance, collect your juror’s allowance form, complete it and hand it back to the court staff or bailiff on your first day at court.
If public transport is not reasonably available or can’t be reasonably used, you can claim a private motor vehicle allowance.
Also, if you need to travel a reasonable distance to get to public transport, a kilometric allowance may be payable. Complete another allowance form on your first day at court to claim this allowance.
Note: We do not reimburse or pay parking fees.
Contact the courthouse you’ll be attending to find out about parking facilities. You may find it easier to take public transport.
You will receive a cheque and a statement noting the days you attended and the amount you received.
The attendance allowance is taxable and you should declare it:
- on your tax return if it’s not refunded to an employer
- to Centrelink if you’re unemployed.
This doesn’t apply to the lunch allowance or fare reimbursement.
The court doesn’t reimburse costs associated with any arrangements you make to be available for jury service, such as childcare.
The allowance you receive while performing jury service may not equal the income that you receive from your current employer.
However, you are generally still paid your normal wage by your employer while you attend jury service. (Check the industrial award you were employed under.) In this case, you should give the jury service allowance to your employer.
Depending on your arrangements with your employer and the award you work under, you should provide a copy of your remittance advice or your juror certificate.