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Attending Jury Service

By: Dave Howell - Updated: 22 Feb 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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They say keep your train tickets for proof but what if there is no one working the barriers and my ticket gets eaten? Can I ask for a receipt when purchased?? And if I'm only in court for 4 hours do they only pay me for that or do I get my full days pay??
Gee - 22-Feb-17 @ 5:57 PM
Hi I have jury duty tomorrow and I have been phoneing the attendance line since after 5 but keeps coming up with an engaged tone it's been 2 hours now. Does anyone know what's going on?
Natz - 19-Feb-17 @ 7:03 PM
Hi I was selected for jury duty on the 15th of February the letter said to phone after 5 the day before I was due to got for jury duty to see if I was selected but my number did not come out its now 18th and I have phoned each night and my number has not came out yet ,how long do I have to keep phoneing to find out please advise
mags - 18-Feb-17 @ 10:29 PM
Hi my mother in law has been asked to attend jury service but only has birth certificate as ID, she has no credit card or passport and her husband pays all utility bills. What can she do as she's been told to take ID with her.
Sue - 9-Feb-17 @ 9:11 PM
Hope someone can clear this up for me as it's unclear in my jurors pack. My employer is arranging cover for the full 10 days that I may have to attend court for jury duty, so I am unable to return to work for those 10 days. The company does not pay me for my time in court. Will the court have to pay loss of earnings for 10 full days @ £64.95 per day even if i'm not in court for a full day or finished earlier than expected?
elle1 - 9-Feb-17 @ 2:07 PM
You mention about loss of earnings but this isn't true!!! The maximum they will pay you is £32.47 day! When you live in London and your the only money maker in the house hold £32 would put me further in debt than I already am and would get me in court for missed payments on my rent which could lead to homelessness with my son! Someone needs to look at a better system for jury service as lots of people will end up in financial trouble if not worse due to this law!!!
Tinx - 6-Feb-17 @ 3:04 PM
Hi, I did jury service on the week commencing the 27th of November and subsequently sent off my expenses sheet but as of now I have yet to be paid, do you know how much longer I will have to wait please? Kind regards David
David - 4-Feb-17 @ 4:34 PM
Hi I'm doing jury service next week , I am self employed hairdresser and had to cancel all appointments for ten days ! I don't know how I'm suppose to put down my loss of earnings as my business has regular clients as well as I take bookings on the day or for the following weeks. Am I going to lose out on my normal takings ? Or what do I take in on the first day ? Kind regards
Leigh - 31-Jan-17 @ 5:43 PM
I have been called for jury service tomorrow, 30th January. My employer had me apply to be excused as I work in the health care sector. I received a letter back from the count saying they cannot make a decision whether I will be excused or not but that they will contact me a week before the jury sitting. I haven't heard back and don't know my citation number as i sent my citation letter along with my application form for excusal to the court. Now I don't know wether I have to attend or not.
Kirsty91 - 29-Jan-17 @ 5:35 PM
Hi I have been on jury service which was due to be 4 days so I have got 4 days off work but it ended early 3 days do I get paid for 3 days or 4?
Netty - 25-Jan-17 @ 6:24 PM
Vr - Your Question:
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

Our Response:
Your boyfriend would have to write to the Jury Central Summoning Bureau explaining why he wants to defer. He would have to include evidence showing why he won’t be available, please see link here.
CourtroomAdvice - 25-Jan-17 @ 10:42 AM
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
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