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Failure to Attend Jury Service

By: Dave Howell - Updated: 21 Jul 2022 | comments*Discuss
 
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Everyone that is between the ages of 18 and 70 who appears on the electoral register is eligible for jury service. The Criminal Justice Act 2003 enshrined in law that anyone that is eligible for jury service must attend unless they can show evidence that explains why they can’t be a juror on the current case, or a juror in the future. Permanent exclusion can be applied for, but you must produce evidence to support your argument.

Failing to Attend Due to Incapacity

It is your responsibility while you are a serving jury member to make sure you are at the court on time when your jury is sitting, or so you can wait to see if you are picked for jury duty. You must also ensure you are not under the influence of drugs or drink. If you are, you could be fined up to £1,000.

When you are summoned for jury duty you may have an event or other circumstances that mean you won’t be able to serve during the dates that have been requested by the Jury Central Summoning Bureau who will have sent you the jury summons letter. You must respond to the jury-summoning letter within 7 days.

If you to have a prior commitment you can apply for your jury service to be deferred. You can only apply for this once and the deferment can only last for up to one year. You can also apply to be excluded from this current or future jury service. To do this you need to respond to the letter you were sent about your jury service from the Jury Central Summoning Bureau giving details about why you can’t be a member of a jury. If you live in Northern Ireland, you need to contact the Jury Management Team on 028 7126 1329. And 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. You should receive a response about your request for jury deferment within 10 days.

Jury Service Exemptions

There are a number of circumstances when you will not be required to perform jury service. These include:

  • If you are suffering from, or have suffered from a mental health problem. This includes if you are in a hospital, visit a doctor for treatment regularly, or you are in guardianship under section 7 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • If you are on bail or have every served a prison sentence.

Coping with Jury Service

The cases that you may be asked to serve on can be quite harrowing if the crime is serious. If you feel that you cannot continue as a jury member because of the stress it is causing you, it is important that you inform the court as soon as possible. Under no circumstances simply don’t turn up for your jury service as this will cause the court delays. You could face a fine or even more serious charges if you fail to tell the court you will not be able to attend. The courts understand that jury service can be stressful, so talk to them as they can help you.

You could also talk to your GP or the Samaritans. The Samaritans are trained to support people in highly emotional situations. The courts service has discussed with the Samaritans how jurors may need supporting if they call. Remember though that you can only talk about your feelings about the case you are a juror on, or have just finished. You cannot by law discuss any details of the case with anyone including the Samaritans.

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I'm self employed and it's disgusting that they only pay £66 per day, I will be losing nearly £1000 in earnings and the payments don't come close to covering that. Why should people be faced with financial hardship and possible defaults on bills to do this. The whole system needs reforming. I am going to try and get out of it as I know if I do have to sit on a case, I will be too busy worrying about the fact I won't be able to pay my mortgage that monthrather than listening to the case.
Rich - 21-Jul-22 @ 2:02 PM
Been called up for jury duty end of Aug 22 iam not spending £10 away on petrol £10 on parking then food iam not going cannot afford it
Xxxx - 27-Jun-22 @ 11:40 AM
I have be excused from jury duty once and on the date expected I was still unable to attend called to be excused again and was told I would go down as failure to appear now I have received my third notice coming up 6/21/22 my problem I dont drive and I am unemployed are there any services that provide free or reduced rates To and from jury duty and if so how do I go about getting this started prior to my date to avoid any fines or incarceration
Fearny - 6-Jun-22 @ 8:12 PM
There are two reasons which I can't be a juror. One is a felony and the other is my vision is very poor. I have cataracts and I have surgery next month. Also I'm going to be 71 years old on May 30. So I'm asking to be free to assist to any jurors service. Thanks.
N/A - 17-May-22 @ 7:48 PM
Let me start by saying that I'm am so sorry for missing my court date for jury duty. I requested my time off my job for May 11th a month ago. Looking on line Monday evening there I discovered that my day for selection for jury duty was on the 9th on May whichis Monday,I'm not making excuses because I should have paid more attention to the instructions. So I understand that you have to do what you have to do.
Choochoo - 11-May-22 @ 12:47 AM
I was supposed to go for jury duty on April 4, but I forgot the appointment due to my medication. I have a pain pump and it has morphine, bupivacaine, and clonidine in it and there are times that I mix dates and other things up. I suffer from chronic pain and I use oxygen 24 hours a day. This is why I have the pain pump. Im real sorry I missed the date of April 4, but I put it on my calendar as May 4,please excuse me from all further jury dates. Thank you Deborah CvC
Susie - 1-May-22 @ 5:25 PM
These comments made me laugh
jury - 9-Apr-22 @ 11:37 AM
Hello I was in a car accident. And all my paperwork was in my car. So I don't remember when I was supposed to go. It slipped my mind because I have a lot of things going on at this point. So I totally lost the form due to my car aacident. What should I do Lisa
Lisa - 27-Mar-22 @ 8:04 AM
I've been pulled up for jury but I have a hospital appointment for that day not missing this appointment for jury no chance. Anyhow I thrown it in the bin the day after I had it so can't do much now can I
H - 6-Sep-21 @ 10:47 PM
I received a jury service thing in the post a few months ago end of September ... Guess what I have a appointment with my hospital with my heart and my diabetes. I'm not stable enough to do this jury duty thing can't sit down for 10 mins either SORRY
H - 6-Sep-21 @ 10:42 PM
I have been summoned for jury duty 8/16/21 I have hearing loss & have mental health problems. I’m need to be excused permanently.
Vicki - 17-Aug-21 @ 8:13 PM
This is to inform you that I can’t do jury duty at this moment because I’m not an American citizen yet. Still in the process. Please remove me in your list . Thanks Luisito Abadines 955 N . St. Andrew Pl Apt#2 Los Angeles Ca. 90038
Luis - 18-Jun-21 @ 10:27 PM
I am a very nervous person and shake all the time
Tweety - 3-May-21 @ 12:57 AM
I'm 73 years old and have been under total lockdown since March 14 2020 in the Philipinnes. Philipinnes is now on the red list and cases are rising inexorably. I was asked to do jury service last year due to the Covid virus but the same circumstances are likely to apply this year. I would love to do my jury service but: O I'm frightened of travelling as I'm unlikely to get a vaccine here before my next jury service call. O Travel to/from the Philipinnes to the UK is severely restricted right now. O I think it would be extremely unfair to expect me to return at great cost to quarantine and travel etc. I'm more than happy to do my jury service when circumstances change. Please advise
Mike - 9-Apr-21 @ 12:46 PM
Hello, I have been asked to attend jury service in March. However, I am currently stuck overseas, and trying to follow international travel restrictions which is to not return to the country due to Covid. I have already been deferred once, therefore they are requesting me again. I am currently awaiting a response about my situation, but I am scared that I seem to be being asked to break international travel laws so that I don't end up breaking the law for missing jury service. Any advice would be massively welcome. Thank you.
DK - 4-Feb-21 @ 2:41 PM
I have a hospital appointment the same day as The court for a MRSA SCANhave been waitingfor the SCAN since the covd 19 started N
DUNKY - 13-Jan-21 @ 12:23 PM
I have turned the age of 71 and believe I can dodge jury duty in scotland ( scottish law is different from england) is this true?..... alternatively I suffer from benign prostatic hyperlasia ( weak bladder) I have used this medical condition to evade jury duty over the past two years as I would have limited control over my bladder while sitting in the jury box and could easily flood the floor of the jury box while the trial is in session. Can anybody help with a solution?
mike - 18-Dec-20 @ 1:43 PM
I threw my jury citation form in the bin and never heard any more about it. I'm in Scotland where the 'expenses' for lost earnings are £64 p/day for the first 5 days.I make from £500 to £1500 p/week, so no way was I taking a £180 to £1180 hit to my pocket to act as juror to some legal/public sector pantomime. If they had pursued me to attend, I would have booked an online GP consultation for £65, plead major anxiety, and paid another few £ for the GP letter stating that.Then claim medical exemption.
Carl W - 9-Dec-20 @ 9:03 PM
Hi I'm currently suffering from some mental health issues, I have asthma, and i have a business to run and a family to support. Being locked in a court with strangers, for 8 hours a day for X amount of time is really not good for me right now. What can i do? When i first got the summons, i tried to defer, as my business gets very busy around Christmas - this was rejected - what can i do?
AR - 4-Dec-20 @ 3:35 PM
Can i be exuceed from jury service if i do not belive in the british legel system and wot ever evidance is put before me i will find that person not gulity
Brk - 14-Sep-20 @ 11:34 PM
I have been selected for jury service, although I am going to go back to work in the end of the month, and it will clash with my jury service. Due to all this situation of the covid-19, I do not want to put myself in a weak position and face an unemployment situation because I can't be at my working place. Someone else will have to take my place, and I just want to postpone this. I have been trying to call them, but they never pick up the phone. Any suggestions? As my jury service suppose to start in two weeks time. Thank you!
Bruno - 6-Jul-20 @ 2:59 PM
I'm 71 years old and hadheart surgery in January plus shingles and Menengitis I was suppose to do jury service 1st June but have been under lock down in Hamburg Germany since Covid19 started no idea how or wether I should travel, no idea if I would be quarantined for two weeks so no guarantee I could attend court on 1st. Have informed the jury service who refused my request to defer. anyone any ideas ?
Tony - 19-May-20 @ 9:14 PM
What i can tell, i was just love to do jury, its soo bad that you can do it only once.... People don't run away from it, just do what to do and FEEL GOOD
MissV - 16-Apr-20 @ 12:40 AM
Is there any way of proving wether or not you have done jury service ? My wife claims I did it for three days in Bournemouth around 2005 ,I have a good memory and no recollection of ever doing this ,one of is wrong and we need to know which one ?
Andy - 28-Mar-20 @ 2:00 AM
Please looking for some advice Recently selected for jury service and thought rather than defer it would get it over and done with. Started Monday this week and got called with another 14 jurors to the desk to be told the defendant had pleaded guilty and we could now go home. Yesterday got called to the desk at 11.30 to say that I would be sitting on a two day trail which after lots of hanging about did not get called to the court room till 15.00 upon entering the court room my name was not chosen so returned to the desk with the remaining two jurors who were both on the second week of service. We were all then informed that there was no need to attend jury service again and we were dismissed. I questioned this numerous times and each time told that my jury service was completed even when I informed the lady behind the desk that it was my first week she just said I would not be required any more. My question is is this normal and what will happen if she had made a mistake Any information would be gratefully received.
Mattie - 4-Dec-19 @ 8:47 AM
Please looking for some advice Recently selected for jury service and thought rather than defer it would get it over and done with. Started Monday this week and got called with another 14 jurors to the desk to be told the defendant had pleaded guilty and we could now go home. Yesterday got called to the desk at 11.30 to say that I would be sitting on a two day trail which after lots of hanging about did not get called to the court room till 15.00 upon entering the court room my name was not chosen so returned to the desk with the remaining two jurors who were both on the second week of service. We were all then informed that there was no need to attend jury service again and we were dismissed. I questioned this numerous times and each time told that my jury service was completed even when I informed the lady behind the desk that it was my first week she just said I would not be required any more. My question is is this normal and what will happen if she had made a mistake Any information would be gratefully received.
Mattie - 4-Dec-19 @ 8:43 AM
I love out of the country and have been summoned I just renewed my drivers license and showed my residence at my sister's how who visit but only a couple of weeks at the time. How do I get out of this. Will the take my drivers license away from me cause I don't live there all the time? What do I do I heard there are no excuses to get out of it and I'm in trouble if I don't show up and I'm not there to show I love off of social security and since I have n way of knowinghow long I have to stay how do I get a round trip ticket. This is awful what do I do.
Rika - 18-Nov-19 @ 5:52 PM
Ever since I received my summons for court service I had been worrying so much that I have now started taking sleeping pills to try and make me sleep at night, otherwise I lay awake at night worrying.The pills are not working very well and with very little sleep at night and also with it always in my mind during the day I'm starting to feel unwell and tearful.I am 68 years old and the court case doesn't start until October.I'm a busy person and like to be in control of all I do but I am starting to forget things and it's upsetting me.I think this is all getting too much for me and start affecting my health.I really don't think I can do it.What should I do?
sophie - 2-Sep-19 @ 6:50 AM
I am unable to do jury service one day what do I do
traceyjayne - 22-Aug-19 @ 2:05 PM
Hi, I been a juror this week on the last day that i was attending this week I'have fell on the floor out the station. I managed to grt there on time and i had to speak with the judge she suggested i should go to see medicar care which i did the told me i have a sprain Dr gave me crutches and returned to court to continue with trial. the asked me to be back this week comming which Im doing as its two weeks of service. My question is what happens at the third week? jury service will be finished and have to go back to work but I can see and feel my foot getting worse if I cant walk and need the crutches and apear to work were Im a nanny of three small children what should I do. take days off as sick pay meaning my boss has to pay or do I have to claim to court as it happens on my way there? Im asking in the case that I may not be ablee to walk with out crutches or even worse force mayself to walk doing my work but if its not heal or fully recover I can get worse. Please need advice
lila - 7-Jul-19 @ 12:47 AM
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