BASSETERRE, St. Kitts & Nevis: Government is moving to ensure that persons who are employed and who perform duties as jurors do not suffer financial hardship.
Legislation going to the St. Kitts & Nevis National Assembly will make it mandatory for employers to pay the wages or salary of employees who perform jury duty. Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs, Patrice Nisbett, is introducing The Jury (Amendment) Bill 2012 this week.
The proposed amendment inserts a new section, 39A, which states: “Where a person is selected as a juror, the employer of that person shall be required, whilst the person is acting as a juror, to pay that person the wages or salary that would normally be due to that person, as if the person were carrying out his or her regular duties, in relation to that employment.”
Another proposed amendment states: “An employer who acts in contravention of subsection (1) by refusing to pay the employee or by deducting from the wages or salary of that person for the time that he or she is selected for jury duty, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding EC$10,000.”
A third amendment says that an employer who is convicted of not paying an employee or deducting from the wage or salary of an employee who served as a juror will be required to remunerate the employee in question in respect of any prior non-payment or deduction from the employee’s salary or wages.