Citizens Advice Bureau


Jury service

Extent: Jersey

Updated 14 December 2015

Words you may need to know


Criminal Justice system - This is the rules or laws that we have to abide by. If we break them we may be prosecuted.


Prosecutions - In criminal law prosecutions are brought by the Attorney General on behalf of the Crown. There is a person called a Prosecutor who is a lawyer who brings the cases to court.


Evidence - This is what the Police put forward to prove their case. It might be reports, people giving their version of events who are called witnesses, facts such as telephone records, CCTV recordings, in fact anything that shows what happened.


Viscount’s Department – officers of the Court who carry out court orders.


Jury Service

The Criminal Justice system needs people to be prepared to sit in court and hear evidence at trials. They then have to decide if someone is guilty or innocent. The people who do this are called Jurors and it is called doing Jury Service.

Each year, the Constable of each parish provides a list of names and addresses of people on the parish capable of serving as jurors.

In order that you are considered for jury service you must;

  • Be aged between 25 and 65 years
  • have no serious conviction. (Minor convictions such as motoring offences do not count)

People who cannot sit on a Jury include;

people in certain jobs such as doctors, teachers, lawyers and others. Some people can be exempted from being on a jury because they do not understand English or have physical or mental disabilities.

NB - It is not necessary for Jurors to be paying rates in the Parish

Call up

A computer program in the Viscount's Department is used to draw names at random, a bit like a lottery. An officer from the Viscounts’s Department will deliver a notice to the selected people. Sometimes being called for jury service may cause real problems if you are caring for someone and can't leave them or you can't afford to take the time off work. In that case you can ask to be let off by contacting the Viscount’s Department, but it is up to you to show why you should be given a certificate of exemption.


At Court

When you go to court, some people will be asked to sit as the jury and some will be asked to leave. This is because the lawyer representing the person on trial or the Prosecutor can ask anyone if they have any connection with the case or the person on trial and for that or any reason, they may simply ask that you leave.

Twelve jurors are chosen and all the others can leave. The Bailiff (or Deputy Bailiff or other judge) picks someone who is called the Foreman. The Foreman speaks on behalf of the jury.

Lunch is provided for you.

The court sits from 10am to 5pm.

The Court will want you all to agree whether someone is guilty or not guilty. However, out of the twelve Jurors ten must all agree for a decision of guilty. This is called the verdict.

Telephone Viscount's Department - 441408

Will I be paid?

As it is thought that everyone must share this duty, there is no right to be paid. Some Employers do pay their staff when they are called for jury service so check your employment contract or handbook or ask your Employer. If you are not going to be paid and this will cause you problems, talk to the Viscounts' Department straight away.

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