I’m sure lawyers and judges could tell some interesting stories about people trying to get out of jury duty.

“Um, yes, your honor, I am super racist and opinionated.”

At The Penny Hoarder, we don’t support that. We think participating in the justice system is a privilege — and also kinda fun.

So when Congress passed a bill to raise the daily juror pay by 25%, we got excited — and wanted you to know.

Starting May 7, jury duty pay for those summoned will increase from $40 to $50.

It’s not as lucrative as fake jury duty, but hey, when’s the last time you got a 25% raise somewhere?

This is the first juror pay raise in 28 years and inches closer to the federal minimum-wage rate of $58 a day.

The salaries for members of Congress may or may not have increased over 80% in that time period, but who’s counting?

Jen Smith is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder and gives money saving and debt payoff tips on Instagram at @savingwithspunk.

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