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Attending Jury Service

By: Dave Howell - Updated: 24 Jan 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Around half a million people are selected to serve on juries across England and Wales. It is a legal requirement for you to sit on a jury if you are called, but it’s also everyone’s civic duty as the jury is one of the cornerstones of our legal system.

What is a Jury?

A jury is made up of 12 people who have been chosen at random from the electoral register. Scotland uses 15 people when criminal trials are taking place. If you are called to sit on a coroner’s jury, you will be one of between 7 and 11 jury members.

What are Juries for?

The jury is used to decide the guilt or innocence of anyone accused of a serious crime. Cases that can involve a jury can range from fraud to murder. Most juries sit in the Crown Court where cases of serious crimes are heard. You may also be asked to sit on a jury in a coroner’s court to decide how someone died.

The Jury Summoning Form

When your name came up for jury selection you will have been sent the Jury Summons. This is a form that you must complete pages 3 and 4 and return these to the summons bureau that sent you the form. Make sure you keep pages 1 and 2 safe, as you will need to bring these with you on your first day of jury duty. If you don’t you could face a fine of up to £1,000.

Time Off Work

Generally any employee has the right to take time off to perform their jury duty if they are called. Most employers understand this and support this part of our judicial system. However, if your jury duties will be over a lengthy period of time your employer will need to be consulted. It is against the law to be treated unfairly by your employer as a consequence of your jury duty.

However, bear in mind that if you are dismissed as a consequence of your jury service but failed to tell your employer, you may not have a strong case for unfair dismissal. Also, if your employer told you that your jury duty could have a damaging affect on your job, and you failed to request a deferment of your jury duty until a more convenient time; again you may not be able to claim for unfair dismissal.

Claiming Expenses

Your employer doesn’t have to pay you while you’re on jury duty, but you can claim for the money you have lost. You can also claim for travelling and food expenses. Your employer needs to complete a Certificate of Loss of Earnings so you can claim your money back. Bring this form with you on your first day at court. You can also claim for costs relating to carers or child-minders if you have children. You must have a letter from them stating how much they are charging you.

If you are self employed and wish to claim for loss of earnings, you need to provide some form of documentary proof that you have lost money as a consequence of being a juror. This could be a letter from your accountant. If you have to pay for this evidence, contact the court for advice first before requesting it.

At the Courthouse

When your first day as a juror arrives make sure you arrive at the court at the allotted time. Courts normally operate between 10.30am and 4.30pm. This information will be on the paperwork you were sent by the Jury Central Summoning Bureau. You will be asked for pages 1 and 2 of your summon form, plus one other piece of identification, so make sure you have this with you.

Coroner’s Courts

The coroner’s court operates differently to other courts in that the jury is not asked to return a verdict of guilty or not guilty. You are on a coroner’s jury to confirm two things: The first is the identity of the person that has died, and secondly how, when and where the person died.

Getting Help and Further Information

If you have a query about your jury service you can contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau by telephoning: 08453 555 567, but only until a week before your jury service is due to start. After this time, you should ask the Jury Manager of the court where your case is being heard.

If you live in Northern Ireland you can contact the Jury Management Team on: 028 7126 1329. If you live in Scotland you can contact civil jurors court of session on: 0131 240 6772 or for criminal jurors at the high court of justiciary on: 0131 240 6907.

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Hi, my boyfriend has been called for jury service and responded to say he can but in the meantime his grandad has died and the funeral is after the date he needs to start jury service. I don't think he will be in the right frame of mind to attend either as he was very close to him. What should he do? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks
Vr - 24-Jan-17 @ 12:08 PM
Hi there. I'm currently on Jury service. The total time I am out of the house is approx 9 hours per day. I work as a live in housekeeper. My boss allowed me to do the Jury service after a referral last year. She now expects me, however,to work when I get back in from Jury service,from 6-9.30pm. Is this legal? I have expressed to my boss that it is an exhausting day, due to the intensity of the case. Please advise.
Badger - 22-Jan-17 @ 10:37 AM
Angelwings - Your Question:
I've had a jury service notice but I don't want to do it. I'm a single mum on job seekers, and I have a load of interviews coming up. This could really screw my chances. If I have to mention possible jury service at interviews I wont get offered the jobs and going off a brand new job for service doesn't look good either. What do I do?

Our Response:
Please see gov.uk link here which tells you how you can defer.
CourtroomAdvice - 11-Jan-17 @ 11:07 AM
I've had a jury service notice but I don't want to do it. I'm a single mum on job seekers, and I have a load of interviews coming up. This could really screw my chances. If I have to mention possible jury service at interviews I wont get offered the jobs and going off a brand new job for service doesn't look good either. What do I do?
Angelwings - 10-Jan-17 @ 12:22 PM
Pete - Your Question:
I've been called for jury duty at start of Feb but as the only income in my house I'm worried that should I get a long running stint that passes the end of month I won't be able to pay rent is there any way to be paid during jury service in these situations

Our Response:
If your employer has decided not to pay you during jury service,as well as claiming expenses such as travel and food costs, you can ask your employer to complete a Certificate for Loss of Earnings form, which will compensate you in case of any lost earnings, please see gov.uk link here.
CourtroomAdvice - 14-Dec-16 @ 10:17 AM
I've been called for jury duty at start of Feb but as the only income in my house I'm worried that should I get a long running stint that passes the end of month I won't be able to pay rent is there any way to be paid during jury service in these situations
Pete - 13-Dec-16 @ 9:38 AM
Mo - Your Question:
I've to attend jury duty tomorrow, I've lost my citation, so don't have the phone number to call and see if I've to attend. I've tried looking online but with no luck.

Our Response:
As specified in the article, you should speak to the jury manager by contacting the court where your case is being heard.
CourtroomAdvice - 12-Dec-16 @ 1:49 PM
I have jury service from 19th December. I read somewhere that the courts close for the christmas period on the 21st December. Does this mean I may be called back again after christmas?
Turner2016 - 12-Dec-16 @ 1:27 PM
I've to attend jury duty tomorrow,I've lost my citation, so don't have the phone number to call and see if I've to attend. I've tried looking online but with no luck.
Mo - 11-Dec-16 @ 8:52 PM
My work rota is changed every week on a Monday , a week in advance. My employer is not paying me. If I go for jury service on the Monday and I am not selected after first day, I am not on rota for the rest of that week or for any of the next week. I will miss two weeks wages? Surely I can't claim wages for days I am not in court? Advice please
Delllll - 8-Nov-16 @ 7:27 PM
I have been in court on jury service for the last five days.I have diverted my gaze away from the defendant and followed Police statements.It was only yesterday when the defendant appeared on stand I realised the date of birth shown on the Police records is completely wrong ie. shows he was born in 1972 and not as I now know should be 1992.I feel this has clouded my initial judgement thinking he was 44 and not 24, what should I do?
cicero - 29-Oct-16 @ 11:25 AM
Hi there, I have been called for dury duty starting tomorrow but only realised today that I have lost my papers for it. Is this is problem or will I still be able to attend duty service?
Ella - 23-Oct-16 @ 9:15 AM
If you are called for 2 week jury service, and the trial ends after 4 days - do you have to go back on the 5th day and the following week or are you allowed a day off on the 5th day - then be called back for the 2nd week? Thank you
Lottie - 21-Oct-16 @ 12:51 PM
Hi, I have been selected for Jury Service and have been told that I will not be paid by my employee.I am worried that the amount that I could be likely to claim is considerably less than my wage and not sufficient to cover my mortgage payment.Where do I stand?I'm guessing that I cannot ask for more money other than the set amount on the gov website?It's not a good reason to defer as I would still have the same problem whenever it may be re-arranged for! Regards, Geoff
gm80 - 4-Oct-16 @ 1:17 PM
I passed my job interview in August. Once my documentation arrived i was advised to phone up for a start date. I started jury service 19th September 2016. Im on a trial scheduled to end 28th October. My paperwork arrived for my new job 26th September. I phoned up as instructed to be given a date, i mentioned my jury service end date and they wouldnt allow me to start until it ends die to their "training procedures" i have tried to take a loss of earnings form to them today as im startikg to fall behind with my bills and the comoany are refusing to fill in the documents and stamp my application due to "not being employed by the company". I argued the point that had i NOT been on jury service and the company having such rigid training in which im not allowed time away from then i would currently be working with them.and earning. Im in a very bad situation now i literally have zero income i have been well and truly shafted and im pretty much on the verge of having a breakdown
Sanchezz4387 - 30-Sep-16 @ 3:27 PM
Mo - Your Question:
I have had Jury duty deferred till the 9th of Jan 2017, but as I am self employed and a public figure I am still finding it difficult to attend, because of work commitments, and I think it could be detrimental to whatever case I attend because I am a known person in the entertainment business

Our Response:
You would need a good excuse in order to apply to defer on the grounds that jury service will conflict with work commitments. Your case will be considered on its own merits.
CourtroomAdvice - 30-Sep-16 @ 11:25 AM
I have had Jury duty deferred till the 9th of Jan 2017, but as I am self employed and a public figure I am still finding it difficult to attend, because of work commitments, and I think it could be detrimental to whatever case I attend because I am a known person in the entertainment business
Mo - 29-Sep-16 @ 12:45 PM
Michelle - Your Question:
Please help! I do cleaning from 03.30am and my employer had told me I still have to work up until 9am (which is my time to start service) if I choose to have the time off I can't get paid for it or claim any back because it's out if the house that jury service takes place. Is this correct? I will lose a lot of money, & also be more tired as I do get up at 2.30am to start work at 3.30am. Any advice is appreciated x

Our Response:
Your employer doesn’t have to pay you during your Jury service, but as specified in the article you can claim for loss of earnings from the court. Please see gov.uk link here.
CourtroomAdvice - 29-Sep-16 @ 10:56 AM
Simple question. If I sit on one case as a jury member and that case lasts a week before it finishes and is closed, do I have to go and sit on another case or am I only made to sit on the one case from start to finish?
Tabi - 28-Sep-16 @ 7:36 PM
Please help! I do cleaning from 03.30am and my employer had told me I still have to work up until 9am (which is my time to start service) if I choose to have the time off I can't get paid for it or claim any back because it's out if the house that jury service takes place. Is this correct? I will lose a lot of money, & also be more tired as I do get up at 2.30am to start work at 3.30am. Any advice is appreciated x
Michelle - 28-Sep-16 @ 7:41 AM
Iv been picked for dury duty on 21st september 2016,iv also received a citation to appear at court as a wittness on 23rd september do i still need to appear for dury duty ?
Cazz - 17-Sep-16 @ 2:51 AM
I have to claim the money back through the gov as my work do not pay but if I attend court do I get paid for a full day or do I only get the money back for the hours I attend?
BeckyA - 9-Sep-16 @ 7:01 PM
Please I will like to know if someone without a job can claim the the benefits and the pay attached to Attendingthe jury.
Bibi - 2-Sep-16 @ 2:58 PM
Starting new job on Monday but got jury service too.do I claim expenses even though employer hasn't put me on a shift due to jury service or can I work an evening shift and not claim daytime lack of hours
Jaxs - 21-Aug-16 @ 12:03 AM
I am starting a new job on Monday and jury service too.as I'm not able to work during the day can I claim expenses even if I haven't been given a shift ?or am I allowed to work evening shifts and not claim?
Jays - 20-Aug-16 @ 5:49 PM
I have been Summoned for Jury Service on 12th September.I have a history of Stress Anxiety and Depression which had led to me having one Suicide attempt, and another attempt on my own life that was intervened on.I used to receive help from my Doctor, and attended Counselling, but no longer get this as my life has been Stress free for a number of years now.At first i was keen to do my duty, but as time gets closer I am already beginning to feel very anxious and am getting warning signs of stress.Since I have no idea of what type of case I may be chosen for, will this be taken into account when Jurors are being chosen, or is this a condition that would exclude me from Jury Service?
Luke - 15-Aug-16 @ 3:36 PM
Rawz - Your Question:
I've started jury service today but lost my jury summons and paper work to get paid what can I do

Our Response:
You would have to ask the jury officer, as we do not have this information.
CourtroomAdvice - 15-Aug-16 @ 2:59 PM
I've started jury service today but lost my jury summons and paper work to get paid what can I do
Rawz - 15-Aug-16 @ 10:21 AM
I started my first day of jury service yesterday. Waited around for 4 hours then was told I wasn't needed and I wouldn't be needed today. I had to phone us today to check to see if I'm needed tomorrow, which I am. And I'm certain they said 1.30pm. this seems rather late in the day to me, is this right? Can I be called in that late, or did I mishear what they said. I don't want to get there late. They said we only have an hour slot to phone up and find out and that hour is up.
Bex - 9-Aug-16 @ 4:29 PM
Hi there. I have jury service on the 9th of August, as well as two University exams in August. At the time of having to confirm whether or not I could participate in the jury service and sending off my confirmation the dates of the exams had not been released so I felt like I didn't really have choice but to confirm and hope they wouldn't clash. I now know my first of the two exams is on the 18th of August - is this likely to be a problem, is it common for cases to last more than a week? Any advice would be appreciated!
Hannah - 30-Jul-16 @ 3:44 PM
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