Jury service

3. Delaying or being excused from jury service

You may be able to delay (‘defer’) jury service, for example if:

  • you’ve already booked a holiday
  • you’re having an operation
  • your employer won’t give you time off work

You can only defer jury service once.

How to defer

Write to the Jury Central Summoning Bureau explaining why you want to defer. Include evidence showing that you won’t be available, for example:

  • proof that you’ve booked a holiday
  • a letter from your doctor
  • a letter from your employer explaining why they won’t give you time off

You must also list the dates when you’ll be available in the 12 months after you were supposed to start jury duty.

Jury Central Summoning Bureau
jurysummoning@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 456 1024
Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 3pm
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Jury Central Summoning Bureau
Pocock Street
London
SE1 0BJ