Ask to change the date or be excused

If you cannot do jury service on the dates in your summons letter, you can ask to change the date or be excused.

Ask to change the date of your jury service

You might be able to change the date of your jury service to another date within the next 12 months. You’ll need a good reason, for example:

  • a booked holiday
  • an operation
  • an exam
  • your employer will not give you time off work

You can only ask to change the date once.

To change the date, reply to your jury summons giving your reason. When you reply you can suggest 3 possible dates in the next 12 months that work for you.

Ask to be excused from jury service

If it’s not possible for you to do jury service in the next 12 months, you can ask to be excused. You’ll need a good reason, for example:

  • you have a serious illness or disability that prevents you from doing jury service
  • you’re a full time carer of someone with an illness or disability

You can also ask to be excused from jury service if you’ve done it in the last 2 years.

If you do not do jury service this time, you could still receive a summons in the future.

To ask to be excused, reply to your jury summons giving your reason. You might need to give proof, for example if you’re ill you might be asked for a letter from your doctor.

Get help

Contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau if you have questions about jury service.

Jury Central Summoning Bureau
jurysummoning@justice.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 456 1024
Welsh language telephone: 0300 303 5173
Monday to Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 3pm
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