Part 1: Overview

By law, you must do jury service when asked. It will be as local as possible to where you live.

When you’re sent a ‘jury summons’, you must complete and return it within 7 days.

Once your jury service is confirmed, you must turn up on the agreed start date. If you don’t, you could be fined £1,000.

Jury service is unpaid but you can claim for food and drink, travel and loss of earnings.

When you can’t do jury service

There are some situations when you can’t be on a jury - eg if you’ve been in prison in the last 10 years. These are listed in the summons.

How long jury service lasts

Jury service usually lasts for up to 10 working days - but can be longer.

Many trials last only 2 or 3 days, so you may be on a jury for another trial.