When you receive a Jury Summons:
1. Read the summons carefully. If you are satisfied that you are eligible for jury service answer ‘Yes’ in Part 1 – ‘I confirm that I am eligible for jury service’.
2. If you believe that you are not eligible or disqualified for jury service, answer ‘Yes’ in Part 2 – ‘I believe that I am not eligible for jury service for the following reason’. Give the reason why you believe you are not eligible, or why you believe you are disqualified.
3. If you wish to be excused from jury service, enter the reason in Part 3 of the jury summons and enclose any supporting documents. If you are entitled to be excused as of right, state the reason here.
4. Return the Reply to Jury Summons.
When you have completed the Reply to Jury Summons form, return it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or in the pre-paid enveloped enclosed. Please make sure to quote your unique jury number (top right corner of the summons) on any email or correspondence to the Jury Court Office. You should keep the Jury Summons and bring it to court with you if you are attending for jury service.
What happens after I return the Reply to Jury Summons form?
If you are eligible for jury service, you should attend on the date and time indicated on the Jury Summons.
If you completed Part 2 or Part 3 on the Jury Summons, the County Registrar will write to tell you if you have been excused or not and whether you have to attend.
Can I choose to just ignore the Jury Summons?
No. You must reply to the summons – it is compulsory. If you don’t respond to the summons, there are penalties for non-attendance at court. These are set out on the back page of the Jury Summons.
Unless you are ineligible, disqualified or excused, your attendance is mandatory, necessary and appreciated. Jurors are an essential part of the legal process. Your function will be outlined to you by the judge if you are called to serve as a juror.