The Detroit News reports that the Macomb County, Michigan Clerk is rolling out a new program that could lessen time and productivity lost to jury duty for both employees and employers.
Rather than waiting at the county courthouse to hear an orientation and see if they are called for a jury panel, prospective jurors may now be able to check in remotely and watch the orientation online from area businesses, many of which have Wi-Fi access.
According to the article, this trial balloon was floated during a meeting of the Board of Commissioners' Justice and Public Safety Committee in Mount Clemens. The local businesses are sponsoring the program. The Commission will hear a formal presentation in August.
“I think it gives jurors the flexibility to carry on with their lives without being tied down in court," Commissioner Roland Fraschetti of St. Clair Shores, who sits on the Committee, told reporter Serena Maria Daniels. The courthouse has already starting providing wireless Internet access and restaurant-style pagers to jurors to give them more freedom of action.
And rather than waiting for their check, jurors have the options of getting their $25 per diem stipend the same day via PayPal or Google Checkout.