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Mid-Way Results For Increased Washington Jury Duty Payout

PASCO, Wash. - Right now the State of Washington is conducting a pilot program in Franklin County that pays jury members more money per day.

The state wants to know, If upping the daily pay from 10 dollars to 60 dollars, will more people will show up for jury duty?

Although the program doesn't finish until December, the Franklin County Clerk said he's already noticed more people reporting.

"We get better cross representation of the community. And that's what a jury needs to be. If you're on trial, you want good representation of your community," Mike Killian Franklin County Clerk.   

Killian said he's seen a 30 percent jump in attendance. He's also noticed jurors seem to be generally happier. He hopes the state will permanently adopt the idea after the pilot is over.

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