A legislative committee in Maine has endorsed raising the daily pay of state court jurors from $15 to $50, a move which would shift the state from the nation’s bottom tier of juror pay to its top echelon. Legislators appear to understand that the current rate provides incentives to potential jurors not to show up to court. The proposed raise would require an annual outlay of an additional $1 million by fiscal 2020.
Maine is undertaking a $15 million program to digitize its court records, but some of those records will only be available to those who physically travel to the courthouse. The story and commentary can be found here.
Barring an order to seal the records, they really should be made publicly available online.