Civil grand jurors to receive compensation increases for service

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Members of the Riverside County civil grand jury will see their daily compensation more than double next month, following a unanimous decision by the Board of Supervisors. In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Sept. 15, the board raised daily per diem payments 140%, from $25 to $60. Supervisor Karen Spiegel was the principal advocate of changing the compensation formula, arguing that at $25 per day, "jurors are basically donating their time.'' The modified payment structure takes effect on Oct. 15. Spiegel said when she took office nearly two years ago, she met with members of the civil grand jury, and one of the chief complaints was inadequate per diem for the time given to tasks. The last time the compensation formula was changed was in 1993, when jurors were receiving $15
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