Ala. jurors asked to forego pay to help state

Court officials say jurors in Alabama are being asked to forego their pay to help the state save money.

The TimesDaily reports ( ) that Lauderdale Circuit Court Clerk Missy Homan Hibbett says jurors in the Shoals area are not being pressured to give up their pay, but are being asked at the request of the state. She says few are doing so.

In Alabama, jurors receive $10 per day and 5 cents per mile for travel from their home to the courthouse. Alabama spends about $2 million to pay jurors each year.

In April, Sue Bell Cobb, who was chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court at the time, ordered circuit court clerks and judges to ask jurors to forego their pay.

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