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The information in the document below provides details of those who are not qualified, are disqualified or are ineligible for jury service. It is an offence for anyone to serve on a jury knowing that they are not qualified, disqualified or ineligible for jury service.
It also gives details of those who can apply for excusal as of right and provides some information for those who may wish to apply for excusal for other reasons, for example medical grounds or pre-booked holidays. Applications for excusal are dealt with sympathetically by the courts, however it must be understood that in some circumstances the court may not be able to excuse individuals.
The guide below is designed to provide jurors with helpful information relating to jury service. For example, information which will be useful in preparing for jury service; what to expect at court; the role of the judge and the jury; how the trial will proceed as well as providing a glossary of terms and answers to some frequently asked questions.
This guide explains the allowances we can pay for attendance at court as a juror, including: travel, subsistence, loss of earnings/benefit, childminding/adult carer allowance. There are maximum amounts which can be claimed and these are detailed in the guide. Some information for employers can also be found here.
If you have any queries relating to jury service, you should contact the court which has cited you. Contact details can be found on the local information sheet which will have been included with your citation pack. Alternatively you can contact find contact details on the Locations Page.