I have been called up for Jury service, do I need to attend?

Generally you must take part in jury service if all of the following apply to you:

  • 18 or over and under 75 on the day you start jury service
  • are on the electoral register
  • have lived in the UK, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for a period adding up to five years since the age of 13
  • are not in one of the categories of people disqualified from serving

 You can be disqualified from serving if you:

  • have been convicted of certain criminal offences
  • are suffering or have suffered certain mental illnesses

If you think you need to defer or be excused, please see Can I defer my Jury Service or be excused?

For general information on taking part in jury service visit:

For further information including what generally happens at court, reasonable adjustments, income, reimbursements and other money matters during Jury Service please contact our Helpline:

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