If you can’t attend jury service

You may not be able to do jury service on the date you’re summoned. For example, you might have just had a baby or you might have a medical appointment at that time. If this is the case, you can ask the court to put off (defer) jury service to a date that’s better for you.

Some people can’t do jury service. This may be because you work in the justice sector or because you’ve been in jail for a certain length of time. If this is the case, explain this on the summons form and return it with some proof, like a letter from your employer.

To find out more about putting off your jury service to a later date or being excused from jury service, read your jury summons response form and the information that comes with it.

You can read the response form online [PDF, 1.3 MB]

You must go to jury service unless the court agrees to put off (defer) your jury service or excuses you. If you don’t attend, you can be fined up to $1000.

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