Claiming Allowances for Jury Service
While you will not be paid for performing jury duty, it is understood that the call of justice has dragged you away from your everyday life and that as a result you might have incurred certain expenses and losses that may have otherwise not happened. Because of this, it is possible to claim for expenses when jury service must be performed.
Generally, expenses may be claimed for travel costs, lunch money, and any financial loss that serving on a jury has caused to you.
If you intend to travel to court by taxi, or drive your own car and pay for parking, you will first need to get permission from the court if you wish to claim these back as expenses. The following table shows how much you can claim for various ways of getting to court.
|Means of travel||Your allowance|
|Bus or underground||Ticket cost|
|Train||Ticket cost (2nd class return)|
|Bicycle||9.6p per mile|
|Motorcycle||31.4p per mile|
|Car- transporting an extra juror
– for each additional juror
|31.4p per mile- additional 4.2p per mile
– additional 3.2p per mile
|Taxi||Cost of fare|
Food and drink
You will be paid for any food or drink (within reason) which you eat or drink over the course the jury service. Some courts even have canteens or other suppliers that can be used by jurors. They may provide a smartcard for you to pay with, or you may have to pay with your own money and then claim the costs afterwards.
The table below should give you some idea of how much you will be given to spend.
|Time spent on jury service||Your maximum allowance|
|Up to 10 hours per day||£5.71 per day|
|Over 10 hours per day||£12.17 per day|
|Overnight stay||Court will cover any costs|
This last expense will generally take the form of profit you would have earned during the time period that you instead served on the jury, and there is a maximum cap on how much you can claim.
A Certificate of Loss of Earnings form should be filled out if your financial loss is due to missing work or inability to claim benefits during your time as a juror. This form should be completed by your employer or an official from the benefits office.
If you are self-employed, you will have to supply an estimate of the amount lost due to jury service, and provide evidence for your claim. This may take the form of a recent tax return or a calculation by your accountant of your usual earnings.
It is also possible to claim for other expenses on top of those mentioned here, but they will be added to the daily allowance which also includes your regular wage or benefits, and this has an upper cap. So if you have to pay for childcare due to jury service, and would not have ordinarily had to, you can claim back the cost of this, as long as you have not already reached the limitation on expenses by claiming for your wage. Any number of expenses can be claimed for as long as the total does not exceed the limit.
The table below indicates the maximum amount for expenses. These figures cannot be altered by court staff.
|Daily time spent on jury service||Your maximum allowance|
|Up to and including 4 hours – first 10 days||£32.47 per day|
|Up to and including 4 hours – day 11 up to day 200||£64.95 per day|
|Up to and including 4 hours – day 201 onwards||£114.03 per day|
|Over 4 hours – first 10 days||£64.95 per day|
|Over 4 hours – day 11 up to day 200||£129.91 per day|
|Over 4 hours – day 201 onwards||£228.06 per day|
How to make your claim
You can claim expenses for up to three months after your period of jury service ends. If you are not able to fund yourself in order to attend court and require your expenses to be paid ahead of time, you must contact the court. If your jury service ends up taking a larger period of time than expected – some trials can stretch out to several months – unique arrangements will be made so that you are not left out of pocket.
For any expenses not handled directly by the court, you will have to send in receipts in order to claim the costs.
You should receive payment around seven to ten days after sending off your form. Payment will be sent directly to your bank account.