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

You will receive a Jury Summons form, which you must complete and return so it can be determined whether you are qualified to be a juror.  This form will also give you the opportunity to declare your visual impairment and advise of any adjustments or special arrangements that you might require.

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

Further information on taking part in jury service and whats involved can be found on the Gov.uk - Jury Service Overview web pages.

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