You’ll receive a payment for doing jury service. You’ll also be paid back for some of the costs of attending.
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You’ll be paid weekly for attending jury service for every half day you spend at court. You’ll only be paid for time you’ve spent at court. This includes time you spend at court waiting to find out if you’ll be selected to be on a jury. The payment is to acknowledge and thank you for your service. It’s not meant to replace your wage or salary.
|First 5 days you attend court||6th and subsequent days you attend court|
|For each half day||$31||$40|
|If you’re at court between 6pm and 9pm (this is your payment for the whole day)||$89||$114|
|If you’re at court after 9pm (this is your payment for the whole day)||$127||$163|
If you think that attending jury service will result in serious financial hardship, you can apply to the court for a higher payment. The court will give you a form that you’ll need to complete and send back, including proof of financial hardship. The court may contact you for more information before making a decision on your application.
Make sure you put your bank account number on your juror summons letter. Providing your bank account details means you’ll be paid back quickly for your juror fees and any travel and childcare costs.
Your Work & Income benefit might be affected by your jury service payment. You should contact Work & Income for more information.
The court will help pay for some of your costs for attending jury service.
All District Courts:
Juror expense claim form - DC [PDF, 339 KB]
Auckland High Court:
Juror expense claim form - Auckland HC [PDF, 327 KB]
Christchurch High Court:
Juror expense claim form - Christchurch HC [PDF, 459 KB]
Wellington High Court:
Juror expense claim form - Wellington HC [PDF, 469 KB]
2. You’ll need to give the court proof, such as:
Court staff will collect your claim form at the end of each week. If your jury trial takes longer than one week, You’ll need to fill out a separate claim form for each week of your jury service.
The court will pay back your expenses within two weeks of you giving the court your claim form. You’ll be paid directly into your bank account. Make sure you tell the court if your address has changed.
If you need a breakdown of each cost the court has paid you for, you’ll need to email the court to ask for this.
If you have a disability, you can still serve on a jury. Contact the court ahead of time to discuss what support you might need to attend.
If you require hearing assistance the court can provide this. Please make sure you bring either: headphones/earphones with a standard 3.5mm jack or a headphone capable hearing aid/s.
Court staff will be able to tell you what arrangements can be made in the specific court you’ll be doing your jury service.