Have you received a summons or notice to attend court for jury service? This is the second step in the jury selection process.
Your summons is a legal document, which you must obey. A summons is usually sent out one month before you are required to attend court. This gives you time to talk to your employer and family and make arrangements for what will happen if you are selected for jury service on the day you report to court.
Your jury summons will inform you about:
Around one in ten people who are sent a jury summons actually end up serving on a jury panel.
Make sure that you turn up at the right court on the day you have been summoned to do jury service.
For more information, please have a look at the jury summons court checklist section.
You can only apply
to be excused from jury service, if you have "good cause" to be excused. Find more information about
Applying to be excused from jury service.
Yes, you must come to court unless you have been excused from jury service.
If you do not attend court you will be sent a letter asking you to explain why you did not turn up.
If your reason for failing to attend court is not accepted a fine of up to $2,200 may be imposed.
You may apply to have this fine reviewed by a magistrate at a local court.
However, if the review is unsuccessful the magistrate may impose the maximum fine of $2,200. If the fine is not paid the penalty will continue to increase.
See an example of
what a jury summons looks like [PDF 329kb].