Firm faces fines and jail if it refuses to pay juror

A head lice removal company faces unlimited fines and prison time if it does not agree to pay an employee while she sits on a jury.

Yesterday, at the Central Criminal Court, the female employee — who had previously been sworn in to serve on a jury for a three- day sexual assault trial — told Mr Justice Patrick McCarthy her employers said they could not pay her during the trial.

She also told the court that she was worried about being replaced if she missed work.

The court heard the woman was one of only two people who could operate a certain machine at the company.

“I’m happy to serve but I fear I may lose my job,” the woman told Mr Justice McCarthy.

Mr Justice McCarthy said it was a criminal offence for an employer not to pay a worker during jury service.

The judge said he had unlimited powers of fines and imprisonment.

Mr Justice McCarthy told the juror that she could excuse herself from serving on the jury during the sexual assault trial if she was very concerned.

However, the woman said she still wanted to serve.

Mr Justice McCarthy said he will have his registrar contact the company over the matter.


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