Can I defer my Jury Service or be excused?

If you are not disqualified from being on a jury, you must show 'Good Reason' if you are to defer or be excused.

If you need to defer or be excused, you should contact the jury summoning officer at the address on the jury summons letter. You must give full reasons for the deferral or excusal and you must state what other days during the next twelve months that you will be able to attend. You may be asked for evidence to verify your circumstances.

Jury service can only be deferred once. Applications to be excused from jury services are only considered in exceptional circumstances. You also have the right to be excused from jury service if you have previously served or attended to serve on a jury in the previous 2 years.

The Jury Central Summoning Bureau

To check if your circumstances are likely to be deemed reasonable to be either deferred or excused from jury service, you can contact the Jury Central Summoning Bureau for guidance:

For general information on taking part in jury service please visit:

For more information and assistance about jury service please contact our Helpline:

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