You the Juror
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This section provides information and guidance to support you as a juror.
To serve as a juror, you need to be:
- at least 19 years old;
- a Canadian citizen; and
- a resident of B.C.
As a juror, you may be asked to participate in a criminal or civil trial. You will know what type of trial you have been chosen for by referring to the jury summons you received in the mail.
As a juror, you play a critical role in the justice process. A juror is a member of the community who is selected to participate in deciding whether a person charged with committing a crime is innocent or guilty (in criminal trials) or who, if anyone, is at fault and to what degree (in civil trials).
You do not need to know anything about the law to participate. The judge will explain any legal terms and the law you will need to consider.
You will receive a fee for each day you serve, paid after jury duty is completed.
The entitlement for each day spent attending at a sitting or trial is as follows:
- $20 a day for each of the first 10 days;
- $60 a day for the 11 to the 49 days; and
- $100 a day commencing on the 50th day of sitting.
Jurors are responsible for their own lunches during a trial. Tea and coffee will be served. When a jury is deliberating a verdict, necessary meals and accommodation will be provided.
At your request, a letter for your employer is available from the sheriff that outlines the above fees. You may also be reimbursed for some expenses, such as childcare. The sheriff will let you know what expenses will be reimbursed. Be sure to keep all your receipts.
For more information about compensation, expenses or court house location, see Frequently Asked Questions.