HALIFAX -- Fifteen people in Nova Scotia have been ordered to appear before a Supreme Court judge in Halifax today after they ignored summonses requiring them to take part in jury selection.

Judge Glen McDougall took the unusual step of asking sheriffs to track down the absentees after almost half of the 280 people summoned failed to show up last September.

The 15 face a $1,000 fine or possible jail time -- though the maximum penalties are rarely imposed.

Jurors in Nova Scotia are paid 40 dollars a day, their parking fees are covered and they get 20 cents per kilometre to pay for fuel.

Nova Scotia doesn't keep a running tally on potential jurors who fail to perform their civic duty.