Juror Payment

Attendance, Mileage and Parking

As a juror, petit or grand, you will receive a check within two weeks of your jury service representing the following:

  • $40 attendance fee for each day you are required to report for jury service, regardless of whether you are selected to serve on a jury; 
  • $0.56 per mile for your round-trip mileage (taxi fares are not reimbursed);  
  • actual out-of-pocket for parking expenses. 

You, or your employer, may request to waive any portion of your juror fees.  Therefore, you may wish to prepare a Waiver of Juror Fees form in advance. 

If you are a federal government employee, the attendance fee will be waived and you will receive your regular pay from your employer. Please inform the Jury Administrator if you work for the federal government because there are some exceptions to this rule.

Reimbursement provisions are established by federal law and cannot be altered by the court.

Lodging

The U. S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana is comprised of sixty (60) counties.  Therefore, some jurors may travel 75 miles or more one way to appear for jury service.  If so, you are eligible for reimbursement for overnight accommodations during your jury service, as well as the night before you are to appear.

You are responsible for making your hotel reservations and paying the bill.  For proper reimbursement, your hotel receipt is required by the court.  You may not receive such reimbursement for up to two weeks after the trial has ended. If you need more information regarding overnight stay, please contact Jury Administration.

Although the court makes no recommendations regarding hotels, you may visit the Court Locations page to find more information about hotels, restaurants, and parking near the courthouse.  When making reservations with the hotel, verify that your summons qualifies you for the discounted government rate.

You may wish to compare rates at various facilities to ensure that your food and lodging expenses do not exceed the daily per diem. You will not be reimbursed over and above the per diem rate, even if your hotel and meal expenses exceed that amount.

Lodging rates vary depending on the division in which you serve.  The maximum daily reimbursable rates for each division are as follows:

Court Division

Hotel Rate

Meals & Expenses

Daily Total

Indianapolis

$98.00

$61.00

$159.00

Terre Haute, Evansville & New Albany

$83.00

$46.00

$129.00

 

Meals

The court will provide light snacks and beverages throughout the trial. Therefore, you should be prepared to pay for any meals during the trial.  Meals are provided by the court only during the deliberation process.  You will be allowed approximately one hour for lunch and may eat where you wish in close proximity to the courthouse.  

Jurors who qualify for overnight accommodations are reimbursed a flat rate for daily meal expenses.  No meal receipts are required.