- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) - Macomb County residents serving jury duty will soon be paid in cash each day instead of waiting to receive checks.

A county committee this week approved the change, as well as the first small raise for jurors in 11 years, The Macomb Daily (https://bit.ly/1xrBozu ) reported. Pay will be raised to $30 for the first full day, $15 for the first half-day, $45 for each subsequent full day and $25 for each subsequent half-day.

The new system will use ATM-style machines that are designed to be more convenient for the 19,000 people called to Circuit Court jury duty each year.

“This will help jurors in a couple of ways. They’ll have some extra money to get lunch downtown or do some shopping. And they can also take care of some county business,” County Clerk Carmella Sabaugh said.

Jurors will also be able to use the machines to obtain records, such as a birth or death certificate, she said.

Michelle Weiss, marketing and events coordinator of the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority, said the move will help further her office’s efforts to encourage jurors to get out of the courthouse during their breaks and spend time downtown, making them more likely to support local businesses.

“The convenience of having that money in hand may mean they are more likely to make a spontaneous purchase or to go have lunch,” Weiss said.

The cash payments are expected to start by the end of the year. The full Board of Commissioners, which is set to meet Thursday, must approve the changes.

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Information from: The Macomb Daily, https://www.macombdaily.com

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