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Rules of Jury Service

By: Dave Howell - Updated: 9 Nov 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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If you are called to sit on a jury it is important they you are aware of the rules that you must abide by. As you are being asked to decide on the guilt or innocence of a person accused of a crime, or the cause of death if you have been called to a coroner’s court, you must always conduct yourself sensibly during the case each time you attend the court.

The rules that are laid down for jurors to follow are there to not only ensure a fare trial takes place, the rules also protect the jurors who may be involved in a highly sensitive cases.

You Must Always:

  • Return pages 3 and 4 of your jury summons form within 7 days of receiving it. If you do not reply to the jury summons form you could face a fine of up to £1,000.
  • Make sure you keep pages 1 and 2 of your jury summons form in a safe place as you must bring these with you when you come to the court on the first day.
  • Only discuss the case you are involved with when you are in the designated jury room.
  • Inform the court officials if anyone approaches you about the case your jury is involved with that is not a jury member.
  • Bring any evidence relating to any claim for expenses or loss of earnings you may have. Loss of earnings must be shown on the official Certificate of Loss of Earnings.
  • Arrive promptly at court for each day that your case is running.

You must never:

  • Discuss the case you are involved with anyone who is not a member of your own jury.
  • Forget to attend the court where your jury is sitting, or be incapable of attending because of drink or drugs. These offences could mean you are fined up to £1,000.
  • Bring a camera, mobile phone, laptop or other recording equipment into the courtroom.
  • Let anyone else take your place on a jury. It is a criminal offence to impersonate a sitting juror.
  • Take any notes you have made in the courtroom home with you. This information is sensitive and could affect the case your jury is sitting on.

What Happens if I Break these Rules?

If you don’t follow the rules that are set out for all jury members you face a fine of up to £1,000 for lesser offences such as not completing forms or being late at court. However, it’s important that you understand that the jury is part of the legal system. If you discuss your case with anyone other than another jury member, you could be perverting the course of justice, which is a much more serious offence.

In the courtroom

All members of the jury will be told in advance of the trial what their responsibilities are. If at any time during the trail you are unsure about anything, you should write this down and attract the attention of the court clerk who will pass the note to the judge. Don’t try and contact anyone else in the court, as it’s only the court clerk who can pass messages.

Foreman or Presiding Juror

The jury that you serve on will have a foreman or forewoman. They are elected before the trail begins. They guide the jury to their verdict and speak in court when the judge asks for the juries’ verdict to be given. When you are in the courtroom you must only contact the court’s clerk if you need to report anything and not your jury foreperson as this is not part of their duties.

If you are in any doubt about your duties as a juror, contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau for help. You can telephone them on: 08453 555 567 or send them an email at: jurysummoning@hmcourts-service.gsi.gov.uk.

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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what nickname - Your Question:
I see this too often.you would need to contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau, directly, via the link here as we don't have this information.Do you have any information or are you here just for show?

Our Response:
Where we can answer specific questions, we will. Many people ask questions that cannot be answered by us because it is theJury Central Summoning Bureau they should be approaching. This is the go-to helpline for general administrative questions, of which we have no knowledge.
CourtroomAdvice - 10-Nov-17 @ 2:27 PM
I see this too often......you would need to contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau, directly, via the link here as we don't have this information.......Do you have any information or are you here just for show?
what nickname - 9-Nov-17 @ 11:43 PM
I have been called for jury service but I am not British and have only lived in the UK for 3 years. Am I exempt?
AF37 - 20-Oct-17 @ 2:41 PM
I missed my dury duty as Me and the kids were unwell on the date. I phoned up to let them know I couldn’t attend and they took note of it but what till happen now? Will I get into trouble for not being able to attend?
JEx - 28-Sep-17 @ 9:52 AM
I was summoned for jury service for the second time for April this year but delayed it as I was offered a job working abroad. Initially this was for 6 months however this is now permanent and I will not be in England at all for the next year if not longer. I have called all the numbers and I cannot get through to anyone. How can I get hold of someone? Is there an email address I can contact. Thank you.
Lb3675 - 30-Sep-16 @ 10:45 AM
TLamb - Your Question:
I have been recently selected for Jury Duty, however I did not send the form off within the 7 days as I was in the middle of a move. Is this a major problem? I am now waiting on the form to be sent to me as I need to inform my place of work but it's still not arrived. Would this be due to my late reply?

Our Response:
I'm afraid we cannot answer this question as we are not connected to their administration procedures, you would have to contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau.
CourtroomAdvice - 26-Jul-16 @ 12:34 PM
I have been recently selected for Jury Duty, however I did not send the form off within the 7 days as I was in the middle of a move. Is this a major problem? I am now waiting on the form to be sent to me as I need to inform my place of work but it's still not arrived. Would this be due to my late reply?
TLamb - 25-Jul-16 @ 5:53 PM
Rodgie - Your Question:
I have been called for jury service and am dreading it. I have had to take flexible retirement and reduce my lecturing activities as I find that I need to go to the toilet regularly and suddenly. I had major brain surgery in 2013. I contacted the court and asked if I would be able to go to the toilet regularly and easily. Typically I have had no reply. Could you advise me as to what I need to do to ensure that I am able to go to the toilet regularly? ThanksRoger Falconer

Our Response:
You would have to contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau directly regarding this as I'm afraid this is beyond our remit.
CourtroomAdvice - 6-May-16 @ 12:45 PM
I have been called for jury service and am dreading it. I have had to take flexible retirement and reduce my lecturing activities as I find that I need to go to the toilet regularly and suddenly. I had major brain surgery in 2013. I contacted the court and asked if I would be able to go to the toilet regularly and easily. Typically I have had no reply. Could you advise me as to what I need to do to ensure that I am able to go to the toilet regularly? Thanks Roger Falconer
Rodgie - 5-May-16 @ 8:47 PM
Hi, I went to court when I was 15 and I wasn't allowed in the courtroom. I spoke to the judge via video link. I have no records or paperwork of when I went to court. I still don't really know what happened and what was said. I feel that if I was older, I would've been allowed in court and I would've known what went on and why I lost the case. I would like to have copies/access to these files and don't know how to go about getting them. It was in Isleworth Crown court. Can you please give me any details to help me go about getting this information? I was in social services care at the time and they have given me my files, but this doesn't include anything to do with court. Thanks.
J5 - 2-May-16 @ 3:31 PM
I have been summoned for jury duty, though i only just found the letter and i am already a few days late to reply, how much of a problem is this? Also, I need to defer and most preferably be excused as im a student and dont know of any time in the next 12 months I could serve as Im away all summer and would rather not do it over easter as i need that time to revise, how likely is it I will get excused?
Joe - 16-Jan-16 @ 3:58 AM
The foreman if a jury is NOT selected at the beginning of a trial, but after the jury retires to consider its verdict after the evidence has been heard and the Judge has completed his summing up.
Johnny BE - 5-Oct-15 @ 9:59 AM
I am due on jury service in few days time, I cannot find my original summons letter and it states I must take pages 1 +2 with me. I have a letter of confirmation of jury service, will I be fined, Im really worried?
libby - 25-Sep-15 @ 12:41 PM
Ive recently finished my jury service, never did this before it was my first time, at first i found it a little intimidating, daunting, but it was the best experience of my life. I was on a big case that lasted 3 weeks,it was so interesting to hear the science behind things, so very different to reading it in the paper. Its not nice seeing or hearing certain things about the case,but it really is a good experience. The usher and Jury manager were very friendly and always there to help you if you should need it. Met some nice people on my jury team. Jury service i would reccomend!
D - 26-Aug-15 @ 9:11 AM
Are we allowed to take mobile phones with us? Obviously not going to be used in the courtroom. But i mean when we're waiting like on the first day waiting to be called? Also do they have lockers available? Mine is at Chelmsford..
Sam - 23-Jul-15 @ 10:48 AM
If I am required to serve as a juror am I allowed to attend work the same day? I have been told that I cannot and also that I can but I'm not sure.
K9916 - 14-Jul-15 @ 6:57 PM
@Ginatinkerbells - as specified in the article, ff you are in any doubt about your duties as a juror, contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau for help. You can telephone them on: 08453 555 567 or send them an email at: jurysummoning@hmcourts-service.gsi.gov.uk.
CourtroomAdvice - 29-Jun-15 @ 3:11 PM
Does anyone know the on call number for jury service for the aylesbury and Amersham area? On call at the mo and lost the number
Ginatinkerbells - 26-Jun-15 @ 10:34 PM
@J - you would need to contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau, directly, via the link here as we don't have this information.
CourtroomAdvice - 10-Jun-15 @ 10:36 AM
i attended jury service on the 7th April 2015! All paperwork was handed in on my first day! To date I have not been paid for my attendance!! My Company filled out all the relevant paperwork! I've had money put into my account for travel and meals but not for loss of earnings! Regards Jannette.
J - 8-Jun-15 @ 5:55 PM
I overlooked returning my form. My jury service starts on May 5th. My form was returned on the 30th April. Am I likely to receive a fine. Since the beginning of the year I have been involved in helping a friend move & completely overlooked the form?
NAKEDGARDENER - 3-May-15 @ 2:44 AM
@Georgina - you would have to get in touch with the courts and ask whether that would be allowed to have your laptop in the communal area. Some courts allow it.
Nick - 17-Apr-15 @ 12:56 PM
I have been called for jury service and am in the last year of my university course so am currently writing my dissertation. I have defered jury service once so can't do it again, am I allowed to take my laptop with me so that I can write my dissertation? Obviously I wouldn't take it in the courtroom with me but can I use it while I am not in the courtroom?
Georgina - 16-Apr-15 @ 6:19 PM
@shay - she can delay attending jury service if she is suffering from a mental disorder or has ill-health or physical disability. A medical certificate should be enclosed with the application which is issued by your GP free of charge. Details of how to make an excusal application will have been sent out in the jury summons, as long as she has sent this back within the appropriate time, then she will be excused. If you need to know whether this had been received then you should contatct the numbers given on the forms.
CourtroomAdvice - 6-Jan-15 @ 11:24 AM
sharon has a very bad mental condition and sent her form in but didnt go that day what happens now
shay - 5-Jan-15 @ 4:44 PM
My son has been called for jury service but lives in Malaysia.What should he do?
TT - 13-Jun-14 @ 7:45 PM
I have been selected for jury service to start this week, however I received a phone call to say I wasn't needed on the first day but to ring after 5 o clock on that day to see if I am required the following day. I was to ring a number which would contain answer phone message about the courts and I was told to listen for court 3. When I rang it just says jurors for court 1. 2 and 4 are no longer required but no mention of 3!!! Do I just just turn up anyway..
Vicky - 20-May-14 @ 6:27 PM
Interesting information, as I have never been picked for jury service this information has given me an insight into how people are selected and what happens. Is there any way a person could request to do jury duty?
Philipa - 20-May-14 @ 5:11 PM
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