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FAQs: Jury FAQ After Service
When I have completed my service as a juror, will I be called again to serve?
The Court's pool of juror names (the divisional "Master Jury Wheel") is replenished every two years. It is filled with enough names that no one should be called more than once during a single Wheel and it is unlikely you would be in the next Master Jury Wheel. If you are contacted again within two (2) years of your service in federal court, you may request excusal. Jury service performed in your county court is not a consideration in this excuse category.
How much will I be paid and how will I receive payment for my jury service?
As a juror, you will receive $50.00 per day for your service, a round-trip mileage allotment from your home to the courthouse at the current government rate, and can be reimbursed for parking (upon presentation of a valid receipt) up to $15.00 per day in the Pittsburgh Division and up to $10.00 per day in the Erie and Johnstown Divisions. Federal government employees will not be paid the $50.00 attendance fee, except for employees of the U.S. Postal Service, who will receive their attendance fee.
Juror payments are processed twice a month, on the 10th and 25th, and jurors are paid by a U.S. Treasury check that is mailed to the address provided on their completed juror information form. If you serve from the 21st of a month through and including the 5th day of the following month, payments for that period will be processed for payment on the 10th. If you serve anytime from the 6th through and including the 20th day of the month, payments for that period will be processed for payment on the 25th.
Must I report my jury income to the Internal Revenue Service?
Any income received for jury attendance must be reported as income for tax purposes. The court will issue you an IRS Form 1099 ONLY if your income from jury attendance is $600 or more. This is also the reason we will require your social security number. The IRS requires it when 1099’s are issued. The court suggests that you retain the sub-voucher you receive with your check as a reminder of the amount to report at the end of the year. You do not need to report mileage and parking reimbursement or subsistence as income as these are incurred, reimbursed expenses.
I received a Juror Exit Survey - do I have to fill it out?
Please do take a few moments to complete the Juror Exit Survey mailed to you with your check. A self-addressed stamped envelope is provided for your convenience. You may also complete the survey on-line at https://www.pawd.uscourts.gov/juror-exit-survey or, click on the Jury Page, the click on the Juror Exit Survey link. The purpose of the survey is to help us make jury service a more positive experience for those who are summoned for jury service for the United States District Court- Western District of Pennsylvania. Your input and opinion is important to us. Your answers are confidential and anonymous.