Jury service

Juries are an important part of our legal system. They’re made up of ordinary citizens from our community who are randomly selected from the electoral roll.

As a juror, you’ll bring a wealth of common sense, experience and insight to your role, while providing a great service to our society.

Your participation in jury service should be a positive and unique experience. You’ll make important decisions in criminal or civil court cases: in criminal matters, you’ll decide if a person is guilty or not guilty; in civil matters, you’ll decide who is at fault.

Performing jury service will give you the opportunity to play a vital role in Queensland’s justice system.

This section provides a wealth of information on the jury service process in Queensland, from receiving a jury service notice and getting summonsed to going to court and sitting on a jury:

About jury service

General information about jury service, including common questions, payments and allowances, and helpful videos and resources

Getting a jury service notice

Completing the questionnaire, applying for excusal and contacting us if you are late or lose the notice

Being excused from jury service

Reasons you may be able to be excused from jury service and the application process, and partial and permanent excusal

Getting a summons

What to do once you get a summons, when you have to attend court and what happens if you don’t attend

Going to court (empanelment)

What happens during the jury selection process, and advice for going to the court, including how to get there, what to bring and what will happen

What happens on a jury?

What happens when you serve on a jury, including in the jury room, the role of the speaker, deciding on a verdict and when you can go home