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Tuesday, 2 October 2023

Claiming allowances while on jury service

If you're asked to do jury service you are able to claim certain allowances - like travel costs to the court. Find out the types of allowances, how and when to claim them and what records you must supply to support any claim.

Allowances – what they are

Jury service is unpaid but you can normally claim an allowance for:

  • travel
  • lunch and refreshments
  • financial loss (up to a maximum daily amount)

If you’re working or claiming benefits

Your employer (or benefit office) must complete a ‘Certificate of Loss of Earnings’ form. The form and guidance are included in the pack you get sent once you have confirmed you can do jury service.

If you’re self-employed

If you’re self-employed, you must provide the court with evidence of your loss of earnings. This could be your last tax return or a letter from your accountant giving your average gross daily income. If you do not have proof, speak to court staff on your first day of jury service.

Allowance amounts you can claim

The tables below show the maximum daily allowance that can be paid. Court staff do not have the authority to change these amounts.

Loss of earnings or benefits – and other expenses

‘Other expenses’ include things like child minding costs. You can claim for more than one type of loss – as long as the total amount is no more than the maximum daily allowance. For example, if you’re claiming loss of earnings and child care, the total of both must not exceed the maximum daily allowance.

Length of time each day on jury service Maximum allowance the court may pay
Up to and including four hours – first ten days £32.47 per day
Up to and including four hours – between day 11 and up to day 200 £64.95 per day
Up to and including four hours – after day 201 £114.03 per day
Over four hours – first ten days £64.95 per day
Over four hours – between day ten and up to day 200 £129.91 per day
Over four hours – after day 201 £228.06 per day

Travel and parking costs

You must get permission from the court before you travel if you are either:

  • planning to take a taxi to court
  • using your car and paying a parking fee
How you travel The court will pay
Bus or underground Cost of the ticket
Train Cost of the ticket (2nd class return fare)
Bicycle 9.6p per mile
Motorcycle 31.4p per mile
Car 31.4p per mile

Car – if you carry one other juror as a passenger

Car – for each additional passenger

4.2p per mile

3.2p per mile

Taxi The fare

Subsistence – food and drink

Some courts have catering facilities for jurors – for example, a canteen. Depending on the court, you may be able to use:

  • a pre-paid ‘smartcard’
  • cash if there are no catering facilities (or you choose this method instead) and claim at the end of your jury service
Length of time each day you are away from home or work The court will pay up to
Up to and including ten hours a day £5.71 per day
Over ten hours a day £12.17 per day
If the court asks you to stay overnight The court will arrange accommodation

How to make an allowance claim

You should make your claim at the end of your jury service (and no later than three months after jury service). If this causes you problems – for example, you haven’t enough money to travel – speak to court staff.

If the trial is likely to last a long time (for example, several months) special arrangements for payment will be made.

Keeping records of what you spend

You must keep records of costs – like ticket receipts – and send them in with your claim. If you’re unsure what should be submitted with your claim form, contact the court.

How you are paid

You are not paid in cash. The court normally transfers your allowance claim money direct into your bank account. If this isn’t possible, speak to court staff on your first day of jury service.

When you are paid

You should be paid within seven to ten working days after submitting your claim form. You should wait at least ten working days before contacting the court.

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