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Jurors to pay for trips in advance

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Parish Administrator Dennis Woodward said “unofficial” policy called for his office to pay registration fees and make hotel reservations in advance. But if a juror decides later not to attend the event, Woodward said the Jury is left holding the bag.

Juror Annie Brown told the committee that she had “never paid for anything before I went.”
“And that’s the problem,” Backus said. “We don’t have a policy in place to get the money back from those who are no-shows.”

Woodward told the committee members the situation described by Backus occurs several times a year.

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