IMPORTANT: All new jury trials have been suspended from Monday 23 March up to 31 July 2020. The Chief Justice directed this as a precautionary measure. The Chief Justice is the head of the New Zealand judiciary and presides over the Supreme Court of New Zealand.

Jury trials that started prior to Monday 23 March will continue as scheduled. More information for jurors can be found below.

If you are a juror who has been summonsed for trials between 23 March 2020 - 31 July 2020:

  • please do NOT come to court. You do not need to appear for jury service
  • you do not need to fill out the juror response form to confirm non-attendance
  • please note you may be summonsed again at a later date.

Jury trials scheduled for after 31 July 2020 are to continue as planned.


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. 

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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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