The idea of a jury goes back many centuries and is a long-established part of our legal system. Trial by jury is when a cross-section of society judge a fellow member of society. In criminal trials a jury consists of twelve people who are chosen at random and combine their experience, common sense and wisdom to decide the facts and reach a verdict in the jury room. Juries also sit in Coroner's Courts and Civil Courts. In civil cases a jury consists of seven people.
Are you attending Crown Court as a Juror?
When attending for Jury Service, all Jurors must present their Jury Summons and acceptable form of identification.
Please refer to the following leaflet for additional information.
The leaflet is in Adobe Acrobat pdf format.
Jurors may be entitled to various allowances in respect of jury service. These are:
- daily travelling allowance for the return journey from your home or work to court;
- subsistence allowance if a meal is not provided at public expense; and
- financial loss allowance (within certain limits) for loss of earnings or benefit or for expenses.
An information leaflet "Allowances for Jury Service" is provided to all jurors attending court. You should forward your claim to the Customer Service Centre within 14 days of completing Jury Service.
Anyone writing to the Customer Service Centre should always include their name, address and Panel Number which is located at the top right hand corner of your summons.
When submitting your juror claim form for payment of expenses, please send completed claim forms to Customer Service Centre, Juries Management, PO Box 256, Londonderry.
When you first arrive at court you will be shown a video which explains your role within the Jury process.