Getting a jury service notice

If you receive a ‘Notice to prospective juror’, your name has been chosen randomly from the electoral roll to take part in jury service as a potential juror.

This notice explains when and where you’ll serve your jury service if you’re summonsed.

Note: Receiving this notice does not mean you’ll definitely do jury service. There are several steps in the process of determining your suitability for jury service.

Watch a video about the jury service process.

Prospective juror questionnaire

The notice includes a ‘Prospective juror questionnaire’ that you must complete and return to the court that issued the notice by the due date.

Your answers tell us if you’re available and eligible for jury service at the selected time.

Complete the questionnaire fully and truthfully, and sign and date it to declare that, to the best of your knowledge, your answers are correct.

Once we receive your questionnaire, you may receive a summons.

Submit the completed questionnaire even if you:

Submitting your questionnaire

You can complete and submit your questionnaire:

  • online, including uploading supporting documents
  • by email to the address on the questionnaire
  • by post to the address on your questionnaire.

You will need the barcode number from your notice to complete the form online.

Not completing the questionnaire

The questionnaire is a legal document and it’s an offence to not complete it fully and truthfully, or not return it by the specified date. You may be fined up to $1000 or be imprisoned for up to two months if you fail to do so. You may also still be placed in the second ballot for jury service.

Losing your questionnaire

If you’ve lost your questionnaire, contact your nearest Supreme or District Court registry.

Running late

If you realise you haven’t completed the questionnaire by the due date, still complete it online or send it to us as soon as possible by mail.

Collection of information

The details on your questionnaire are taken from the Electoral Commission Queensland (ECQ). If your information is incorrect, contact the ECQ to update it.

We collect your phone number and email details so we can contact you to clarify details or provide information during service. We also collect your occupation as it may be incorrect on the electoral roll. (If you’re currently unemployed or retired, put your last paid occupation on the questionnaire.)

Postponing or excusing jury service

In Queensland, you can’t postpone jury service. However, you may be excused from taking part under some circumstances.

If prospective juror is overseas

If you have permission to open someone’s mail while they’re overseas and they’ve received a notice to serve jury service, do not complete the questionnaire on their behalf.

Ask the person to answer the questionnaire online. Alternatively, return the notice and include a letter explaining that the person is overseas, including:

  • the date they left the country
  • how long they intend to be overseas
  • their expected return date.

What happens next

If your questionnaire answers show you’re eligible and available to serve on a jury, or your request for excusal is denied, your name will go into a second ballot.

If your name is randomly selected in the second ballot, you’ll receive a summons. Find out more about getting a summons for jury service.

If you don’t hear anything more by the date in your ‘Notice to prospective juror’ (usually 2–3 weeks after the due date), you can assume your name was not selected in the second ballot—or your application for excusal was accepted—and you’re not needed for that round of jury service.