Lawsuit Reform: Restore Jury Composition
Senate Bill 3075 was a Trial Lawyers’ initiative passed during the 98th General Assembly’s veto session and signed into law as PA 98-1132. It reduced the number of jurors in all civil cases to 6 from 12. It also increased the pay to all jurors to $25 for the first day and $50 per day thereafter. Previous fees ranged from $4-10 a day.
Funding was not proposed for this bill. This represents up to a 425% increase for some counties. McHenry estimates that it will have to pay an additional $368,000 for jury service. Similarly, Lake County estimates that its costs would increase by $500,000.
This legislation should be repealed before its June 1, 2015 effective date to save taxpayer dollars.