(Originating in the Committee on Finance)

Requesting the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals increase the reimbursement, over a five-year period, for jurors serving on petit juries to the maximum of forty dollars per day.

Whereas, The Supreme Court of Appeals, by administrative orders, has restricted the amount of compensation to jurors at the statutory minimum of fifteen dollars per day; and
Whereas, The Legislature recognizes and appreciates the vital function that jurors play in our society and judicial system; and
Whereas, Many people who are selected for jury duty do so at great personal expense and inconvenience both to the juror and the juror's family; and
Whereas, There has been legislation introduced this legislative session to set the reimbursement for jurors at forty dollars per day; and
Whereas, In recent years the Legislature has increased the amount of money paid to election poll workers to one hundred dollars per day; and
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Supreme Court is hereby requested to increase the reimbursement of jurors from the current fifteen dollars per day to forty dollars per day over the next five years; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the Senate is hereby directed to forward a copy of this resolution to the Supreme Court of Appeals.