All jurors are eligible to receive a mileage check to assist with the cost of transportation to/from the Courthouse. Mileage is paid to those jurors who are traveling more than ten (10) miles to the Courthouse. Mileage is paid at a rate of 62.5 cents per mile, from the center of the city or town that you live in, to the Courthouse and back. Mileage is not paid from doorstep to doorstep.
The Jury Department strives to pay all jurors on the date of selection; however, there are instances where the checks are not available on the day of selection. In these instances the check will be mailed.
If you are chosen to be a sworn trial juror you will also receive $12 a day per diem plus your mileage for each day of service. On the first day of selection, you will receive a check for your mileage. The per diem and mileage are calculated and totaled at the end of the trial and hand delivered or mailed.
State Laws prohibit employers from discharging or otherwise penalizing employees for responding to a jury summons or serving on a jury. However, they can choose not to pay you. If summoned to appear you may want to speak with your employer about your company policies regarding jury service. Employment rights; automatic postponement; violation; classification. ARS 21-236
The selection process will last for about half the day. If chosen to be a sworn trial juror, you will be required to remain at the courthouse until excused by the Judge.
You may bring food, drinks, electronics and reading material to the Jury Assembly Room; however, when the Jury Staff escorts you to the courtroom, you will need to leave those items behind. Labels are available to tag your items; staff will secure them for you.
Jury trials will typically last 3 to 4 days. There are instances where a trial is scheduled to last longer, and this is subject to change depending on the Judge and the nature of the case. The court will do their best to accommodate those who would not be able to serve for a lengthy period of time. Pinal County will rarely sequester a jury; potential jurors will be notified in advance if sequester is a possibility.
Financial Assistance for a Lengthy Trial
In an effort to reduce the financial burden on jurors who serve on trials for an extended amount of time, the Arizona Legislature established the Arizona Trial & Digital Evidence Fund. The fund is designed to replace unpaid earnings for a juror who serves on a trial.
(Arizona Trial & Digital Evidence Fund Claim Form (PDF))