Sacramento – San Francisco is one step closer to implementing a pilot program that aims to see if higher pay leads to more racial and socio-economic diversity in juries. With bipartisan support, the California Legislature today approved AB 1452 by Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), removing a barrier to serve by increasing the daily rate from $15 to $100 for low- to moderate-income jurors.
“Frankly, the current fifteen dollars a day is insulting. It barely covers parking or transportation to the courthouse and lunch,” said Ting. “We lose potential jurors because they can’t afford to miss a paycheck. In order for justice to be administered fairly, juries must be reflective of the communities they serve.”