You will receive an attendance fee of $50.00 per day plus round-trip mileage at the current applicable government rate. Each juror is required to report their one way mileage on their first appearance. If you live seventy (70) miles or more from the court and choose to spend the night, you will be paid a subsistence fee of $151.00 per day, plus hotel taxes. Jurors should request the government rate when booking a hotel room for jury service. Jurors are responsible for payment of their lodging and to provide the clerk with the original itemized lodging receipt. Hotels near the courthouse that offer government rates are listed under the Courthouse Information tab. Attendance fees are considered taxable income. However, mileage and subsistence fees are not. You will need to keep a record of the fees you receive as no tax has been withheld, and as a general rule no W-2 forms are furnished. If however, you should earn more than $600, this office will prepare a 1099 income tax form to be submitted to the IRS. A Federal Government Employee is not entitled to an attendance fee unless that person is in non-pay status during all or part of his/her jury service. If you are a Federal Employee, please notify the Jury Clerk on your first appearance. This does not apply to postal employees. Attendance slips are provided daily at the juror's request.
The U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois is comprised of forty-six (46) counties. Therefore, some jurors may travel 70 miles or more one way to appear for jury service. If you travel more than 70 miles one way, you are eligible to receive subsistence for overnight accommodations during your jury service, as well as the night before you are to appear. You will be expected to return home on your last day of service unless you’ve had to stay late for trial reasons. You are responsible for making your hotel reservations and paying the bill. In the event any additional scheduled days are cancelled, you are responsible for canceling the hotel and will be responsible for any charges incurred due to non-cancellation. Some online travel companies do not allow for cancellations or require several days of notice, so please consider this criteria when making hotel reservations. 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. For more information regarding overnight stay and subsistence, please contact the Jury Administrator.