IMPORTANT: The Chief Justice has announced that Jury trials will resume nationwide from the first week in August.
Read the Chief Justice's announcement on Jury trials resuming(external link)
There are enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures in our courts to keep our people and participants safe. For more information, see:
Health and Safety Information Factsheet for Jurors during COVID-19 Alert Level 1 [PDF, 155 KB]
We recognise that COVID-19 may have impacted your work or financial situation, meaning it will be difficult for you to serve on a jury at the moment. If so, and you would like to delay jury service for now, please raise this in your response. Note that, if your application is accepted, you will likely be summonsed at a later date.
If you're unwell, please don't attend court. Please call 0800 COURTS (0800 268 787) for further instruction.
Every year, thousands of New Zealanders give their time to serve on juries. Jury service is an important way you contribute to your country and your local community. Jurors help make sure the justice system is fair for all New Zealanders.
Most people on the New Zealand electoral roll can be randomly selected for jury service. You can be selected (or summoned) for jury service every 2 years.
If you’re summoned, you’ll get a letter that tells you to come to court for jury service. The letter will tell you the dates, times and court you should come to, along with a form you’ll need to send back to the court.
Find out what to expect when you get to court and what happens during and after a trial.
Find out what to do if you can’t do jury service.
Find the forms you need to respond to your jury summons or to ask the court to pay some of the costs of attending jury service.
Find out what you get paid when you take part in jury service, and what expenses you can ask the court to pay for.
Find out what you need to know if one of your staff has been summoned for jury service.
Find out who can’t serve on a jury.
If you're a juror, you can come here to check if your services will be required today or tomorrow.
Disabilities are not necessarily a barrier to serving on a jury. Contact us ahead of time so we can arrange for support.
Members of the public have advised the Ministry of Justice that they have received suspicious emails in relation to Juror service. The emails ask customers to click a link to read and accept a Jury summons.
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