The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service appreciates the role of jurors in the justice system and knows that many people will be apprehensive about jury service. This page can help address some of the concerns that you may have.

Jurors are selected at random from the electoral register and can be cited for criminal trials (in the sheriff court or the High Court) or for civil cases in the Court of Session or the All Scotland Sheriff Personal Injury Court. In order to preserve the random nature of citation, names are selected electronically from information supplied from the electoral registers. Consequently this may result in such anomalies as an individual being selected on multiple occasions and another not being cited for a lengthy period, or several people from one employer being cited simultaneously. If you feel your particular circumstances might merit excusal from service you should consult further information on that process which is provided below and in our Guide to Eligibility & Excusal

It should be noted that, depending on circumstances, if you are excused from serving on a particular occasion, this may result in another citation being received within a relatively short timescale.

Guides to jury service

Guide to jury service in the High Court and sheriff court

Guide to jury service in the Court of Session

These guides will provide you with helpful information including details on:

  • preparing for jury service
  • what to expect at court
  • the role of the judge and the jury
  • how the trial will proceed
  • a glossary of terms.

For more information please contact the court to which you have been cited.

Information on qualification for jury service

Are you qualified for jury service in the High Court and sheriff court?

Are you qualified for jury service in the Court of Session?

This guide provides details about those people who are:

  • not qualified for jury service
  • disqualified from jury service
  • ineligible for jury service.

It is an offence to serve on a jury knowing that you fall into any of these three categories.

The guide also gives details of those who can apply to the court for excusal as of right. If you wish to apply for excusal on the basis of ill health or physical disability then you must enclose a medical certificate along with your application for excusal. This can normally be obtained free of charge from your GP

If you wish to apply for excusal due to another special reason, for example commitments at work, cancellation of which would cause abnormal inconvenience either to yourself or others, or holiday plans which would be difficult or expensive to rearrange, you should complete the relevant sections of the application. You must also provide evidence of this, for example booking confirmation or letter from your employer. Applications for excuses are dealt with sympathetically by the courts, however it must be understood that in some circumstances the court may not be able to excuse individuals.

For further information, contact your local court.

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Jury Service Information

Frequently asked questions
Guide to Jury Service
Guide to Eligibility & Excusal
Application for Exemption or Excusal
Guide to Applying for Expenses
Expense Claim Form 
Certificate of Loss of Earnings

Remember to phone the Jurors' attendance update line the evening before you attend court as instructed on your citation.

Contact Information

If you have any queries relating to jury service, you should contact the court which has cited you. Details can be found in your citation pack or use the search below.

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