Have you received a Notice of Selection in the mail?
At intervals throughout the year, the Juries Commissioner sends Notices of Selection for jury service with a Jury Eligibility Form to people selected at random from the Victorian Electoral Roll. Residents can only be summoned to attend jury service in the region in which they live.
The purpose of the Eligibility Form is to find out whether you are eligible and available to serve on a jury during a proposed period of time.
It is quicker and easier to complete your form online at www.juries.vic.gov.au
If you are eligible, you will be sent a jury summons - an official letter from the Juries Commissioner with a specific date to attend. If you apply to be excused and the application is accepted, you will be granted a 12 month exemption from jury service and will not be contacted by this office.
What happens if I do not return the questionnaire?See the answer
You are legally obliged to complete an Eligibility Form if you receive a Notice of Selection. If you do not complete the form and return it, you could be fined up to $3000 under section 67 of the Juries Act 2000 (Vic).
What if I cannot attend during the proposed period?See the answer
If you cannot attend jury service during the proposed period, you can nominate inconvenient dates within the proposed period or apply to have your jury service deferred to a later period, as long as you have a valid reason.
Examples of valid reasons include a planned holiday, a medical appointment, an exam or unusually heavy work commitments.
Can I be excused from jury service?See the answer
If you have a genuine and valid reason, you may be excused from jury service. Please note that work commitments are usually not a valid reason to be excused from jury service, unless you are self-employed or work for a small business.
If you are applying to be excused for medical reasons, please ensure that you include a medical certificate.
This page was last updated: Thursday 28 April 2016 - 8:26am