Your Jury Summons asks you to attend for jury service. It will tell you the date, time and court building you have to attend. You must reply to this summons using the Reply to Jury Summons form. The following steps will help you to complete this form.

Keeping courts safe and open while prioritising essential court services at Level 5

Keeping courts safe and open while prioritising essential court services at Level 5

Covid-19 Level 5 Criminal Jury Trial Update

Keeping courts safe and open while prioritising essential court services at Level 5

Limited new criminal trials to commence from 16 November 2020

Wednesday 11 November 2020; The Chief Justice, the Presidents of the Jurisdictions and the Courts Service have been consulting on a regular basis to assess the situation under Level 5 and to ensure the on-going safe administration of justice. Every effort is being made to keep courts open and safe, whilst prioritising access to justice of critical and essential court services.

When Level 5 restrictions were imposed in October, the Judiciary and the Courts Service confirmed that any criminal jury trials which had already commenced would continue. Those trials have been running safely over the past three weeks, with strict adherence to the protective measures provided for in the Courts Service Covid-19 health and safety management programme. Jurors have provided positive feedback in relation their attendance at those trials. The Government has confirmed that courts are an essential service and has deemed that persons travelling beyond 5km for the purposes of attending court are exempt from current travel restrictions https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/2dc71-level-5/#domestic-travel-restrictions. 

Having assessed the volume of Court work being conducted safely, it has been decided that a limited number of trials will commence next week from Monday 16 November 2020 onwards. Members of the public have been summoned to attend jury service in the Courts of Criminal Justice (CCJ) where they will be empanelled for a trial at the Central Criminal Court and a small number of Circuit cases already listed. It has also been decided that conditions are sufficiently safe such that, with effect from Monday 23 November 2020 onwards, further trials will be held into December. Members of the public have been summoned to attend for jury service as follows:

  • Central Criminal Court in CCJ, Cork, Kilkenny and Castlebar venues from the week commencing the 23 November 2020 onwards
  • For trials listed in the Circuit Criminal Court in Tullamore, Limerick, Trim Drogheda, Waterford and Wexford venues from the week beginning 23 November 2020 onwards
  • For trials listed in the Circuit Criminal Court in Cork the week beginning the 30 November 2020 onwards
  • For trials listed in the Circuit Criminal Court in a Galway venue from the 1 December 2020 onwards.

Members of the public summoned for jury duty for the week commencing the 16 or 23 November 2020 onwards, who have not received a cancellation notification, are asked to attend court in accordance with their summons. People called for jury service should know that the Courts are providing a safe environment for jury trials during Level 5 and all protective measures and standards are being maintained at this time.

In general, across the various Courts, the work that has been conducted remotely will continue and family law, child care and domestic violence applications in the relevant Courts will continue to be prioritised. The work of the Courts is constantly being reviewed in line with public health guidance. Accordingly, the amount and nature of the work being transacted in the courts at any given time will be subject to change depending upon current public health guidance and all other relevant considerations. 

It is important that anyone attending court buildings continue to practice the public health measures, follow the guidance of the Courts and the health and safety protocols put in place by the Courts Service namely:

  • wear face masks
  • physical distance at 2m
  • continue good hand and respiratory hygiene
  • avoid congregating in groups
  • comply with directions from Courts Service staff in relation to the management of the numbers of persons in court buildings and
  • if you have symptoms or if you have been directed to restrict your movement or awaiting the results of a Covid-19 test, you are asked not to attend court.

 

Jury Duty under Level 5 Restrictions

Jury Duty under Level 5 Restrictions

Update 16th April: 

Tullamore - Midland Circuit Court - Notice Re Jury Service 20th April 2021. Please note that Jurors called for service to attend at The Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly for Jury Empanelment on Tuesday the 20th April 2021 only are no longer required due to ongoing Covid-19 regulations and guidelines related to health and safety.  

Update 12th April: Mullingar - Westmeath - Circuit Court - Notice Re Jury Service 14th April 2021. Further to the Jury Summons recently served on you, circumstances have arisen which now make it unnecessary for you to attend for Jury Service on Wednesday the 14th April 2021 or any subsequent days thereafter. Please do not attend at Mullingar Park Hotel or the Courthouse, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath on foot of the Jury Summons, as this summons is now withdrawn. 

Update 9th April: Tullamore - Midland Circuit Court - Notice Re Jury Service 14th April 2021. Jurors called for service to attend at The Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly for Jury Empanelment on Wednesday the 14th April 2021 only are no longer required due to ongoing Covid-19 regulations and guidelines

Update 8th April: Jury trials will resume in the Circuit and Central Court in the Criminal Courts of Justice (CCJ) on the 12th April 

All courts are proceeding as scheduled and if a court for which you have received a jury summons is cancelled, you will be contacted by the relevant court office.


Thursday 18 March 2021: Following a recent review of the current situation the Courts Service have confirmed that their enhanced Covid-19 Level 5 protocols will continue until 5 April 2021.

No Circuit Court Criminal trials will start until  12 April 2021

A limited number of Central Criminal Court trials will be called on 29 March 2021 to commence trials on a phased basis from 6 April 2021. As per the direction of the President of the High Court's recent Notice no civil jury actions will take place prior to the commencement of Trinity Term on 2nd June next. 

Any person that has received a summons to attend for jury service in the Criminal Courts of Justice on the 22nd and 23rd March should NOT attend. 

Any person that has received a summons to attend for jury service in the Criminal Courts of Justice on the 29th March and who has not received a cancellation letter or been excused, should attend on the 6th April at their allotted times, letters have issued to all people who are required to attend. If you need anymore information please email dublinjuryoffice@courts.ie

Please continue to check this page for updates which we will post here as soon as we have further information.  

Health and Safety measures

The Courts Service’s main priority is the safety of all court users. Jury service is an essential element of the criminal justice system and every effort has been made to ensure jury trials are safe and feel safe to people attending for jury service.  The Courts Service has safely conducted a number of jury trials since the start of the pandemic, receiving excellent feedback from jurors who felt safe throughout the process, as a result of the Courts Service comprehensive health and safety management programme and measures. The health and safety protocols and protective measures in place are working well and these standards will continue to be maintained throughout Level 5.

Jurors attendance
If you are due to attend an existing trial but have concerns about public transport please call the contact number on the summons.

The Courts Service is getting in touch with any other potential  jurors regarding the cancellation of jury trials.

Please note the Courts Service may contact jurors who have confirmed their attendance and provided a mobile contact number by text with any changes to the information contained in their summons. Courts Services text messages will be sent from “Courts”, therefore only text messages received from “Courts” should be regarded as communication from the Courts Service.  When confirming attendance, if you are in a position to, please provide a contact mobile number.

If you have received a summons and are unsure please call the contact number on the summons.

Changes to juries, court sittings and court operations are typically made available through our Twitter account  - @CourtsServiceIE and on our webpages :

Covid-19 Notices
Covid-19 Response Updates

 

Jury Summons

Jury Summons

When you receive a Jury Summons:

1. Read the summons carefully. If you are satisfied that you are eligible for jury service answer ‘Yes’ in Part 1 – ‘I confirm that I am eligible for jury service’.

2.  If you believe that you are not eligible or disqualified for jury service, answer ‘Yes’ in Part 2 – ‘I believe that I am not eligible for jury service for the following reason’. Give the reason why you believe you are not eligible, or why you believe you are disqualified.

3. If you wish to be excused from jury service, enter the reason in Part 3 of the jury summons and enclose any supporting documents. If you are entitled to be excused as of right, state the reason here.

4. Return the Reply to Jury Summons.

When you have completed the Reply to Jury Summons form, return it by email to juries@courts.ie or in the pre-paid enveloped enclosed.  Please make sure to quote your unique jury number (top right corner of the summons) on any email or correspondence to the Jury Court Office. You should keep the Jury Summons and bring it to court with you if you are attending for jury service.

What happens after I return the Reply to Jury Summons form?

If you are eligible for jury service, you should attend on the date and time indicated on the Jury Summons.

If you completed Part 2 or Part 3 on the Jury Summons, the County Registrar will write to tell you if you have been excused or not and whether you have to attend.

Can I choose to just ignore the Jury Summons?

No. You must reply to the summons – it is compulsory. If you don’t respond to the summons, there are penalties for non-attendance at court. These are set out on the back page of the Jury Summons.

Unless you are ineligible, disqualified or excused, your attendance is mandatory, necessary and appreciated.  Jurors are an essential part of the legal process. Your function will be outlined to you by the judge if you are called to serve as a juror.

You can contact the office listed on your jury summons notice if you have difficulties with your notice.