For jurors

Juries bring the values, standards and expectations of our community into the courtroom. Juries are made up of citizens selected randomly.

If you receive a letter telling you to come to court for jury service, you should:

  • make a note in your calendar of the date you are required
  • tell your employer
  • keep your summons in a safe place because you need to bring it on the first day of your service.

You do not need to do anything else until after 4.30pm on the day before you have been summonsed. To check whether you are required to attend, follow the instructions on your summons and visit or call 1300 987 917 and follow the prompts.

Depending on the needs of the Court, you may not be required to attend on your summons date. It is possible your jury service may be moved to another date or cancelled.

What if I can’t go when required?

If you have a valid reason, you may have your jury service deferred or cancelled. Simply complete the statutory declaration on the back of your summons and submit it as instructed. Work reasons are generally not a sufficient reason to be excused from jury service, unless you are self-employed or work for a small business.

If your jury service is not deferred or cancelled and you don't attend court on the required day you face a substantial fine.

Please note, you can be summoned for jury service every two years.


If you have an employee who has received a jury summons, please see the Employers page at and learn about your legal obligations.

Contact and further information


Juries Commissioner's Office
Ground Floor, County Court Building,
250 William St, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000

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Page last updated: 9 September 2018