Serving as a jury member in the courts

Jury service is your once-or-twice-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play your very own part in the criminal justice system. Every year around 200,000 people from across the country are selected to serve as part of a jury which will decide the fate of criminal defendants across the country.

Jury duty comes with a large weight of responsibility which some people may relish and some may not, but whatever your disposition, we hope that our site can provide you with a helpful insight into what you might experience when serving on a jury.

It is the responsibility of the lay jury to inspect all the evidence which is presented during a trial and to come to a decision, based on that evidence, on whether a defendant is guilty or not guilty.

As well as what happens inside the courtroom there are other extraneous concerns that come along with being called to do jury service, such as securing time off from work or deferring your jury service if an inopportune date and time is chosen for you. Our site provides invaluable advice on all of these matters to ensure that you can operate from a position of wisdom.