TRENTON, N.J. — A New Jersey lawmaker is proposing voluntary jury duty, NJ.com reported.
The assemblyman behind the bill noted people with free time on their hands or those who want to learn more about the justice system would be willing to step up.
Currently, people who are registered voters, licensed drivers and tax filers are considered for jury duty.
According to NJ.com, if the measure is approved, the volunteers would be compiled on a separate list for consideration in addition to the other pool.
Some defense attorneys criticize the idea, saying the law defines a jury as one that is randomly selected, and incorporating a list of volunteers could lead to manipulation.
Trial jurors in New Jersey are paid $5 per day for the first three days and $40 each subsequent day.
Grand jurors, who do not meet on consecutive days, are paid $5 per day.