Jury Service: Attendance Fees and Travel Allowance

Information Sheet 2
This information sheet sets out the fees and allowances that can be claimed by a person who attends court for jury selection or who is selected on a jury.

The fees and allowances are set under the Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court Regulation 2012. A copy of Schedule 2 of the Regulation, which sets out the current rates of fees and allowances, is below.

The fees are increased annually to keep pace with the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The last CPI increase occurred with effect from 1 July 2018.

Attendance fees

A person who attend court for jury service, but is not selected on a jury, is entitled to claim an attendance fee.

The current rate* is $56.50 if the person is at court for up to 4 hours, or $113 if the person is at court for more than 4 hours.

The person may be entitled to an additional fee if they are required to attend court on more than one day.

Jury fees

A person who is selected on a jury is entitled to a fee for every day they attend court.

The current rate* for the first day is $56.50, if the person is at court for up to 4 hours, or $113, if the person is at court for more than 4 hours.

After the first day the current rate* is $113 per day, rising to $124 after 5 days, and to $137 after 10 days.

A juror may be entitled to an additional fee if the jury sits for more than 8 hours on the last day of the trial.

Travel allowance

A person may be entitled to recover travel costs if they were required to travel more than 30km to attend court.

Further information

Contact the Sheriff of the Federal Court by:

 

Attachment

Federal Court and Federal Circuit Court Regulation 2012

Schedule 2 – Remuneration and Allowances (section 3.02)

Item Matter for which payment is made Amount payable
1 Attendance on the first day of a trial:  
  (a) for 4 hours or less; or Half the amount mentioned in item 2
  (b) for more than 4 hours The amount mentioned in item 2
2 Attendance on each day of a trial for days 2, 3, 4 and 5 $113
3 Attendance on each day of a trial for days 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 $124
4 Attendance on each day of a trial after day 10 $137
5 Attendance on the last day of a trial, if required to serve for more than 8 hours (excluding adjournments for meals):  
  (a) for an additional period of up to 4 hours; or The amount mentioned for the day in another item plus half the amount mentioned for that day
  (b) for an additional period of more than 4 hours Double the amount mentioned for the day in another item

 

* These rates are increased annually for changes in the CPI. They are also kept under review and may change from time to time. The rates may be higher by the time a matter comes to trial.