Here is a list of things to consider when you have been summoned to go to court for jury service. It tells you what to do and how to prepare for your first day at court.
Before going to court for jury service, you must check to make sure that your panel, which is listed on the jury summons, is still needed at the time and date stated.
Phone the recorded information service, which is listed on your summons, any time from 4:30pm the night before you are to go to court, or log on to juror.nsw.gov.au to access your full jury details. The information is available on Friday nights for the Monday court sessions.
When planning your day at court, please be aware:
You do not have to wear a suit and tie, but you should dress in neat, comfortable clothes. Do not wear thongs or shorts. As you may be sitting for long periods of time it is important to be comfortable, whilst still showing respect for the court.
Bring your jury summons notice and an accepted form of identification such as a driver's licence or passport. If you do not have photo identification you may be asked to provide other forms of proof or supply particular information to confirm your identity.
You should also bring your bank account details or log on to juror.nsw.gov.au to enter your bank deposit details. Your
jury allowance will be paid by electronic funds transfer into your elected bank account.
As it may take a little while for the empanelling process to begin, it is a good idea to bring some personal reading material and a snack with you. Tea and coffee is usually provided.
When entering the courthouse you may be required to pass through security screening, similar to screening conducted at airports, such as personal screening, metal detectors, bag searches and scanning of possessions.
You are not permitted to bring in firearms, knives, prohibited weapons or illegal drugs. You may need to leave some items, such as motor cycle helmets, with the sheriff officers at the security desk. For further information please see
security in court.
You must not take photographs or videos or make audio recordings in the court complex.
Publishing juror details and sensitive court materials are not permitted, including on social media.
If you have a disability, please advise the sheriff's office when you receive your jury summons. Not all NSW courts or jury boxes are accessible to people with disabilities.
This depends on many factors, including the number of accused and the complexity of the matter. Trials can continue for days, weeks or months. However, the average length of a trial in New South Wales is seven days. If you have concerns about the trial length, please raise your issue with the sheriff's office staff or the trial judge before you take part in the empanelment process.
Jurors are told at the beginning of the empanelling process how long the trial is estimated to last, and are invited to raise any issues they may have due to the trial length.
If you still need to be excused from jury service, you have an opportunity to make a request to the sheriff's officer or the judge or other judicial official when you report to court. For more details see
Applying to be excused from jury service.