Nez Perce County hikes jury duty pay for first time since 1968

Nez Perce County hikes jury duty pay for first time since 1968

Nez Perce County hikes jury duty pay for first time since 1968

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 3, 2013 at 11:20 AM

LEWISTON, Idaho -- Ah, 1968.

Prague's spring was in full bloom, the Beatles were still together and Nez Perce County jurors got the last bump in their daily rate -- to $10 -- to serve the cause of justice.

Forty-five years later, the Lewiston Tribune reports the local county commission has decided to lift the compensation again.

After Monday's vote, those helping decide the innocence or guilt of defendants at the Nez Perce County Courthouse will see their per-diem pay rise five-fold to $50.

Half-day service will jump to $25, from just $5.

Nez Perce County Clerk-Auditor Patty O. Weeks said rates haven't changed since 1968, and the increase should help relieve financial hardships for prospective jurors and encourage them to show up.

The move was made possible by the 2013 Legislature.

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