1. Overview

You must do jury service when you’re asked. It will be as close as possible to where you live.

When you’re sent a jury summons, you must complete and return it within 7 days.

You can be fined up to £1,000 if you don’t turn up for jury service once it’s confirmed.

You won’t get paid for jury service, but you can claim for food and drink, travel and loss of earnings.

You can watch a video about jury service.

When you can’t do jury service

There are some situations when you can’t be on a jury, eg if you’ve been in prison in the last 10 years. These are listed in your jury summons letter.

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.