Texas State Court Juror Fees

B-214863: Jul 23, 1984

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GAO was asked for its decision as to whether employees of the Treasury Department who reside in the State of Texas may retain jury fees received for service in Texas State courts, in view of a 1979 amendment to the Texas statute authorizing pay for jurors. Employees may not retain jury fees with this Texas statute.

GAO found that federal employees who are entitled to leave for jury duty while serving as jurors in Texas state courts may not retain any amount received for such jury service under the relevant Texas statute, because there is no indication in that statute that the fees, or any portion thereof, are intended to be an expense allowance or reimbursement for travel.