Several Pennsylvania counties are giving citizens another reason to take pride in serving on a jury by affording jurors the opportunity to donate their nominal day's pay to good causes.
Montgomery County this month became the latest county to launch a charity donor program, modeling its effort after similar programs running in Delaware and Allegheny Counties.
In just the first few days, $500 was donated by Montco jurors, county officials said. But the potential upside in charitable donations - earmarked for neglected children, the mentally ill, and victims of domestic violence - is far greater. The need is clearly there as many social service agencies confront budget shortfalls.
Since 2003, Delaware County has raised $450,000 for various causes. As residents of many well-off communities, Montgomery jurors should be able to match that and more.
Not many jurors will miss the $9 to $12 a day, plus 17 cents per mile in travel expenses, but the charitable causes will benefit by bundling the pay of many jurors.