Doing jury service

You must do jury service when you’re sent a jury summons form, unless you’re allowed to delay it.

You can either:

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. There’s also a Welsh language version of the video.

Jury service and coronavirus (COVID-19)

Most jury trials are currently postponed.

You may still be summoned to do jury service at a future date. If you receive a jury summons form, you still have to respond to it. You’ll be contacted by the court near the time of the trial to confirm if you need to attend. Read more guidance about how coronavirus is affecting jury service.

When you’re not allowed to do jury service

In some circumstances you cannot be on a jury, for example if you’ve 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.