Jurors shall be paid $10 per day of actual court attendance. $5 shall be paid for 4 hours or less of actual court attendance. A mileage rate is also payable. This rate is prescribed by the Kootenai County Commissioners and can vary from year to year.
Payment is for travel performed from place of residence in Kootenai County to the Courthouse and return. Payment for both juror per diem fees and mileage fees will be mailed following completion of service. A check should be expected within three weeks of service.
Salary / Wage Reimbursement
Some places of employment pay regular wages while an individual is serving on jury duty. This is not a requirement, however, and the decision to pay wages is entirely up to the business. If an employer does pay during absence due to jury duty, they will normally require that you give them your jury check upon receipt. Jurors may need to check with their employer to see if their business reimburses wages while they are absent for jury duty.
Sometimes there are complications with receiving jury pay, such as incorrect address, inability to deliver mail, or lost checks. If jury payment has not been received within five weeks from the date of service, the juror should call the Jury Commissioner’s office at 208-446-1767.
Verification for Work
Employment verification for days served are available, upon request, through the Jury Commissioner’s office. Employers often expect that jurors return to work in the event of early release from jury service on any given day. Make sure you check your employer’s policy, as verification cannot be provided except for time actually spent at the courthouse.
Excused from Service for at Least Two Years
Once you have been assigned to a panel, whether or not you are required to actually come to the Courthouse and serve, you are excused from jury service for at least two years. After two years your name will be returned to the master list from which jurors are selected at random. If you feel that you have been called to serve less than two years after a previous service date, please mail in a note with your questionnaire asking to have your juror history researched.