If you can’t attend jury service

We’ve been advised that some members of the public are receiving suspicious emails in relation to Juror service. The emails ask customers to click a link to read and accept a Jury summons. The emails are being sent from a domain ending with the suffix .in. Please be advised that this email address is NOT a Ministry of Justice email address and Jury trial summons are sent via post. If you have received an email like this, please do not click on the link and mark the email as junk mail. If you have any questions about jury service, call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787).

You may not be able to do jury service on the date you’re summoned. For example, you might have just had a baby or you might have a medical appointment at that time. If this is the case, you can ask the court to put off (defer) jury service to a date that’s better for you.

Some people can’t do jury service. This may be because you work in the justice sector or because you’ve been in jail for a certain length of time. If this is the case, explain this on the summons form and return it with some proof, like a letter from your employer.

To find out more about putting off your jury service to a later date or being excused from jury service, read your jury summons response form and the information that comes with it.

You can read the response form online [PDF, 1.3 MB]

You must go to jury service unless the court agrees to put off (defer) your jury service or excuses you. If you don’t attend, you can be fined up to $1000.

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