You can ask to be excused from jury service for various reasons, including the kind of work you do, personal circumstances or because you are away from the state.
In terms of the Jury Amendment Act 2010, you may have 'good cause' to be excused if:
The sheriff may also consider excusing you in other circumstances, including if:
To apply to be excused log onto juror.nsw.gov.au. You can also email or fax your application to the address provided in your summons. Attach supporting documents. These could include:
Ensure you apply at least a week prior to the summons date.
The Office of the Sheriff takes all applications seriously, and understands that serving on a jury is an interruption and possibly an inconvenience in your daily life.
You need to get confirmation from the Office of the Sheriff that you have been excused. Please do not assume you have been excused if you do not receive this confirmation.
If you have not received a letter, please log on to juror.nsw.gov.au using your juror number and date of birth, to find out the status of your application, or call the Jury Information Line on 1300 722 574.
It is important that you apply before your summons date, to prevent further inconvenience to you and the court.
However, you can apply to be excused the day that you report for jury service at court. There are two types of official to whom you can make the request the day you report for jury service.
An example of a confidential reason could be that you were a victim of sexual assault who has been asked to serve on a jury panel in a similar case. Another example is that you may need to go for surgery or other medical treatment that you do not wish to disclose to anyone other than the judge or coroner.
You should raise your concerns when invited by the judge and before being empanelled.
In cases where jurors are unable to complete the trial, a new trial may have to be called, which can be very costly to participants and taxpayers.
If you come to court willing to serve on a jury, but are not selected as a juror, you will be exempted from further jury service for 12 months.
If you provide false or misleading information in your application to be excused, you may be fined up to $5500.
Although you may be excused from attending this time, you could receive another summons for a later date. This could happen several times in the year that you are on the jury roll.
29 Jun 2020
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