Summoned for jury service?

 

Have you received a summons or notice to attend court for jury service? This is the second step in the jury selection process.


What it means

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.

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Your jury summons will inform you about:

  • which court you need to go to - District, Supreme or Coroner's Court 
  • the location of the court, including a street address
  • the date and time you are required to attend
  • an estimate of the length of the trial, if it is expected to last more than two weeks
  • the panel you are on is usually indicated as a number, for example,  60-7,48-15,70-27
  • panel attendance information, including a phone number to call to hear attendance information
  • recorded message number and web listings
  • whether the case will be criminal or civil (the jurisdiction)
  • contact details for the Sheriff's office

Around one in ten people who are sent a jury summons actually end up serving on a jury panel.


What to do next

  1. On the last working day before your summons, check that you are still required, by visiting juror.nsw.gov.au or calling 1300 780 199 after 4.30pm. Trials can sometimes change at the last minute, so it's important to check. If the trial is scheduled for a Monday, you can check after 4.30pm on the Friday before.
  2. For your convenience, you can request SMS confirmations and notifications. To set up SMS please log on to juror.nsw.gov.au
  3. Payments for Jury Service are paid by Electronic Funds Transfer. To receive payment please log on to  juror.nsw.gov.au and enter your bank details prior to your court attendance
  4. Attend Court if required. You may be selected to serve on a jury. Please bring photo ID and a copy of your banking details.

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.


Can you be excused from jury service?

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.


Do you have to turn up at court?

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juror Information Line

Call the Juror Information Line on 1300 722 574 if you have questions about your jury service summons. 

Sample jury summons  

See an example of what a jury summons looks like [PDF 120kb]