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Why Was I Picked For Jury Service?

By: Dave Howell - Updated: 26 Oct 2017 | comments*Discuss
 
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Serving on a jury is a civic duty that anyone that lives in UK could be called upon to perform. You can be called for jury service if:

  • You are between the ages of 18 and 70.
  • You are registered on your local government’s electoral register.
  • You have lived in the UK, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands for the last 5 years since you were 13 years old.

There are certain people who cannot serve on a jury. These people include anyone who has been in prison over the last 10 years. Other reasons are listed in your jury summons letter.

You have been called for jury service because the Jury Central Summoning Bureau (JCSB) randomly chose your name from the electoral register of everyone eligible for jury service. If you are selected and require further information you can call the JCSB on: 08453 555 567. Don’t forget to have your juror number handy as this is used to identify you. The number will be on the letter your were sent.

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.

What if I Can’t Attend?

When you receive your jury summons it will state when your jury service will take place. If you can’t be a juror during this time, you should let the Jury Central Summoning Bureau know as soon as possible.

It is possible to defer your jury duty until a more convenient time. If you do apply for a deferment, remember you can only do this once. It’s very important, therefore, you inform the JCSB of any other times over the next 12 months when you definitely won’t be available. They can then make arrangement for your jury service around these dates.

As well as a deferment you can also apply to be completely excused from your jury duty. To be totally excused jury duty you have to have a very good reason, supported with evidence. You will see a box on the summoning form you were sent were you can explain your reasons for applying for an excusal from jury service. The JCSB will evaluate your request and may ask for additional evidence such as doctor’s certificates before making their final decision.

Choosing a Jury

When you arrive at the court stated on your jury summons form, a court official who will look after you while you are at the court will meet you. Expect your bags to be searched and your identity checked. Once this is complete you will be taken to the jury assembly area where all jurors wait.

When a jury is required the court’s clerk will pick 12 people from the jury assembly area. Once you and your fellow jurors are in the court the swearing in will take place.

How Long will I have to be a Juror?

Most jurors are called for approximately 10 working days. During this time you could sit on a number of juries covering a wide-range of trials. In some exceptional circumstances you may be asked to serve as a juror for much longer. If the trial you are involved with will run for more than 2 weeks the judge will usually state this before you are sworn in. It is at this time you can raise any problems you may have with serving longer on the jury.

Can someone Take my Place?

When you are called for jury service the jury summons is made out in your name and your name alone. You cannot transfer the jury summons to someone else. Also, no one else impersonate you on a jury. This is a criminal offence.

Will I Get Picked for a Jury?

The court that has called you for jury duty always calls many more people than they may need. This is to ensure they have enough people when the juries are being picked. You many find that you attend court, but never get picked for actual jury duty. This may seem like a waste of time, but it’s your civic duty to attend the court if you are called, just in case you are chosen for jury duty.

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I have been called for jury service the week before Christmas. This is fine, but I'm wondering when the 10 working days would be up. I have a couple of days away booked for the 3/4 th January.
LAH - 26-Oct-17 @ 5:09 PM
@Mike - Yep, that snuck in without anyone seeing. It was being muted a few years ago. It's because no one younger wants to do it as it's such a bind.
RaBB - 23-Oct-17 @ 1:52 PM
What is the definition of a 'reasonable distance' for a jurer to travel to a Crown Court?
Jimbo - 22-Oct-17 @ 7:30 PM
I have received a Jury Summons to attend at the and of December 2017 The booklet, Guide to Jury summons,states, The age requirement as 18 years to 76 years to qualify ...I AM 74 ??? Our Response: The Juries Act 1974 states that only those between the ages of 18 and 70 may be summoned to carry out jury service in England and Wales. You friend's step-father would have to contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau (JCSB) to alert them to the oversight. CourtroomAdvice - 16-Oct-17 @ 2:47 PM
Mike - 22-Oct-17 @ 5:54 PM
My husband has booked holiday after 10 days my jury citation .Is possible that scheriff court refuse meexcuse .i handed in court before my citation day start.
Jo - 17-Oct-17 @ 11:38 AM
Neil - Your Question:
My friends step father has just had a jury summons. He is 79, how is this possible?

Our Response:
The Juries Act 1974 states that only those between the ages of 18 and 70 may be summoned to carry out jury service in England and Wales. You friend's step-father would have to contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau (JCSB) to alert them to the oversight.
CourtroomAdvice - 16-Oct-17 @ 2:47 PM
My friends step father has just had a jury summons. He is 79, how is this possible?
Neil - 14-Oct-17 @ 4:43 PM
Hi, I completed jury service some weeks ago, my employer wants the certificate of loss of earnings back. I handed this into the court on my first day and don't have , however, when HR filled the certificate in they emailed it back to me. In effect they have it. I have pointed this out and now they want any correspondence I have had from the court including travel and meal allowance confirmation. My question is, can they demand this information? Thanks
jurorserv - 22-Aug-17 @ 4:14 PM
Syeda Tanjina - Your Question:
Hello , I have a question What if the person That got selected for jury service can not speak English properly? What do they do then ? I have been chosen to do jury service bt I can't speak English properly. And what is the jury service? Thanks

Our Response:
You would have speak directly with the Jury Central Summoning Bureau (JCSB), or get someone to call on your behalf.
CourtroomAdvice - 1-Aug-17 @ 2:26 PM
Hello , i have a question What if the person That got selected for jury service can not speak English properly? What do they do then ? I have been chosen to do jury service bt I can't speak English properly. And what is the jury service? Thanks
Syeda Tanjina - 1-Aug-17 @ 12:58 AM
Hi , I am on jury service , I was sent home on call for Friday . I have not heard from the court if I should attend on Monday . How can I find out ?
Roy - 21-Jul-17 @ 7:11 PM
Ba - Your Question:
I cam to live to the UK at the age of 16, I am now a british citizen, do I have to do jury service since it says that you would have to have lived in the UK for 5 years and fro the age of 13?

Our Response:
If you are asked to carry out jury service, you would have to comply.
CourtroomAdvice - 14-Jul-17 @ 11:35 AM
I cam to live to the UK at the age of 16, i am now a british citizen, do i have to do jury service since it says that you would have to have lived in the UK for 5 years and frothe age of 13?
Ba - 13-Jul-17 @ 3:59 PM
Hello , i have a question What if the person That got selected for jury service can not speak English properly? What do they do then ? Thanks
Lucie - 4-Jun-17 @ 2:34 PM
I have an undiagnosed personality disorder its undiagnosed because i wont admit to the doctors about having aproblem as I like who I am . I have had a jury summons which has angered me. It won't be fair to the person on trial as I think there guilty anyway.I don't won't to go im not interested in it . I don't know what to do im thinking about committing a crime to get out of doing it. Can someone help me
Hadit - 18-May-17 @ 6:54 PM
In week 1 and the trial finishes with the verdict on a Thursday and there are no other trials listed for the Friday do you get the day off and return on the following Monday? When the 2nd trial in the 2nd week ends on the Wednesday with no new trial to start do you get those 2 days off as well?
Hootie - 15-May-17 @ 5:08 PM
Hi, today I was chosen for a jury service, however I'm a nurse working a night shift the night before and only work as bank, therefore cannot afford to lose out on money I won't be earning back. I am also waiting for a hospital appointment which can come up at any time. The Court I'm going to is 20 miles away and my car isn't reliable, and public transport will make me late. What are my options?
Tasha - 20-Apr-17 @ 11:31 PM
Been asked to jury again 2nd time in 3years. I'm self employed and cannot afford to do it again as they won't stump up the roughly £1800 I'mgoing to lose also it bored the hell out of me last time and I know I won't give it 100%. Anyone know if I can get out of this supposedly civic duty
Neil - 20-Apr-17 @ 2:40 PM
I have been chosen to do jury service but I now live in a different city and the letter was sent to my parents. I am registered on the electoral register where I live now, and there are 3 different courts within the distance of where I used to live and where I live now. Is this a mistake or do I still have to attend?
Ami - 4-Apr-17 @ 5:17 PM
I've recently changed my name by deed poll. And only in the process of getting my I.d updated. Please advice what if anything I need to do.
Tina - 4-Mar-17 @ 1:42 PM
@pisgah - I recently did jury service and I thought it was so interestsing I wish I could get asked again. Marie.
Massy* - 17-Feb-17 @ 10:49 AM
Frankly, I don't know why people want to dodge jury service. I have had to ask to be excused twice in the past. Once because I was heavily pregnant and the second time I was on maternity leave with a new baby (same baby). I was then selected again a few years later and served on a jury. It was a bit tedious at times but we all took our deliberations very seriously. I felt we were doing our bit for society and it was an experience that I'm glad I did not miss. I have now been asked again and I hope I am chosen to serve once more.
pisgah - 16-Feb-17 @ 1:37 PM
Hi I've been summoned for jury service next month - I don't drive and there are no public transport options from my town that will get me to court on time. A taxi would be £75 - £90 per day and I can't afford the upfront cost, especially if I'm required to attend multiple days. What are my options?
JimB - 13-Feb-17 @ 4:41 PM
Hi, I've got my jury summons next week but I received a text today telling me I'm on standby and not to attend until I'm needed. I didn't think this was something that happened, is it usual to get text messages saying this?
Nikki - 10-Feb-17 @ 5:34 PM
Mags - Your Question:
Hi I have been elected for jury service and would like to know if their are any dress codes I need to know about as I am the kind of person to wear trainer all the time Many Thanks

Our Response:
There is no official dress code for jury service but when choosing what to wear for jury service, the main thing is to be comfortable. You will be sitting in a waiting room or during a court session for a long time so wearing uncomfortable clothes just to look smart is not a good idea. Please see link here which will further help answer your question.
CourtroomAdvice - 9-Feb-17 @ 12:40 PM
Hi I have been elected for jury service and would like to know if their are any dress codes I need to know about as I am the kind of person to wear trainer all the time Many Thanks
Mags - 8-Feb-17 @ 7:53 PM
Hi, i was wondering how long it takes for a letter of confirmation takes to arrive. I sent my form back two weeks ago and have heard nothing since. Does this mean i have not been picked for jury duty?
Ama - 3-Feb-17 @ 4:29 PM
I'm due for jury service and have looked everywhere online for the dress code but can't find it anywhere! Could someone please let me know if I am able to wear jeans, begging a or leggings if I wear them with a blouse or smart top! Thank you.
Piglett76 - 1-Feb-17 @ 10:02 PM
Some advice JURY AGE IS NOW 75 NOT 70
Nic - 14-Jan-17 @ 10:54 PM
Could you delete my previous comment as shorted now.
l2442 - 11-Jan-17 @ 10:33 AM
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