What employers need to know

If one of your staff has been summoned for jury service, please try your best to help them contribute to the justice system and your community.

Talk with your employee

Find out when they have been told to go for jury service and how long it might last. Talk about how it might affect the workplace.

If they’re not selected to be a juror on any of the days of the week they’ve been summoned for, they should go straight back to work, if possible. This means they may only be away from work for a few hours during that week.

If they’re selected to be a juror, they may be away from work for only part of the week they’ve been summoned for or for the whole week, or it may take longer than that week. The letter will say if the court thinks it will take longer.

Your legal obligations

Letting your employee do jury service

The law says you must let your employee do jury service. If there’s too much work on now, your employee can ask the court to put off (defer) their service until a later date within the next year. You’ll need to write a letter that your employee can show the court when they ask to put off their service.

A summons can only be deferred once. It can't be deferred again the next time the employee is summoned.

Find out more about putting off jury service 

Paying your employee while they do jury service

Some employers make up the difference between a juror’s attendance fee and the employee’s normal rate of pay. This means the employee doesn’t lose money because they do jury service. However, you don’t have to do this (unless it’s in an employment agreement).

Find out more about a juror’s attendance fee and the expenses they can get the court to pay for

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