$ 256,000 jurors for the trial of Turcotte

News 19 December, 2017
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    Antoine Lacroix

    Monday, December 18, 2017 22:51

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    The two trial of Guy Turcotte, found guilty of murder not premeditated of her two children, have resulted in more than 255 000 $ in expenses of jurors only.

    The jurors were paid 84 202 $ at the second trial that took place in 2015, according to a document released by the ministry of Justice of Quebec.

    It is impossible to say with precision the amount that has been given to the jurors of the first trial in 2011, as the department has added to the costs of restaurant in this category, for a total of 73 924 $.

    During the trial, which had lasted for four months in 2011, the hotel charges amounted to 11 052 $, 1600 $ 7696 $ for the transport during the deliberations and during the trial. With the choice of the jury, which had cost 20 127 $, the bill has climbed to 114 401 $.

    The trial in 2015, to him also a duration of four months, was more expensive, with a total of 141 716 $. A total of 19 491 $ has been spent for the hotel, 7534 $ for restaurants and caterers, and 2242 $ to transport the jurors. The jury’s choice had cost 28 246 $.

    Added together, the two trials have cost 256 118 $, excluding the other costs of court.

    Governed by the law

    In comparison, the trial of Richard Henry Bain had cost 184 649 $ in fees of jurors. For Luka Rocco Magnotta, the ministry had disbursed 139 929 $.

    Recall that the compensation of jurors is governed by the law. They are paid 103 $ on a daily basis, but from the 57th day, the allowance rises to 160 $. During deliberations, each juror receives an additional fee of $ 52 per day. Other allowances may be granted.

    Guy Turcotte will be back in court on march 13, 2018. He challenges the sentence of life in prison, of which he has been sentenced.

    Turcotte stabbed his children, Anne-Sophie and Olivier, 46 times on 20 February 2009 in their home in Piedmont, in the Laurentians. They had 3 and 5 years.

    -With the collaboration of Michael Nguyen