2. Taking time off work

Give a copy of the letter confirming your jury service to your employer.

Your employer must let you have time off work but can ask you to delay your jury service if your absence will have a serious effect on business.

Wages during jury service

Your employer doesn’t have to pay you during your service but you can claim for loss of earnings from the court.

Your employer must fill out a Certificate of Loss of Earnings, which you get with the letter confirming your jury service. Send this as part of your claim for expenses once you’ve completed jury service.

Problems with your employer

You can complain to an employment tribunal if you’re unreasonably refused time off for jury service.

If you’re sacked because you do jury service you may be able to claim unfair dismissal. However, if your employer asks you to delay jury service and you refuse, you may not be able to claim unfair dismissal.