Doing jury service
You must do jury service when you are sent a jury summons form, unless you are allowed to delay it.
You can either:
- reply to the jury summons online
- complete and return the form by post
You must reply within 7 days.
You can be fined up to £1,000 if you do not return the form or turn up for your jury service.
The jury service will be as close as possible to where you live.
The court will not pay you to do jury service, but you can claim expenses such as food, drink and travel. You can also claim for loss of earnings if your employer does not pay you during your jury service.
You can watch a video about jury service.
When you are not allowed to do jury service
In some circumstances you cannot be on a jury, for example if you have been in prison in the last 10 years. These are listed in the guide to jury summons which is sent to you with the form.
How long jury service lasts
Jury service usually lasts up to 10 working days but can be longer.
You may be on a jury for more than one trial during your service.
- Taking time off work
- Delaying or being excused from jury service
- What to bring to court
- Discussing the trial
- What you can claim
- How to claim expenses
- Questions about jury service
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