Any person who is on the New South Wales electoral roll can be selected at random and added to the jury roll. If this happens to you, you will receive a notice informing you of this.
If you do not claim an exclusion or exemption from jury duty, you may then be summoned at a later date to attend court for jury duty.
A person who fails to attend court for jury duty is liable to a criminal penalty.
So how do you know if you are liable to be a juror?
Persons who cannot be jurors
You cannot be a juror if:
You also cannot be a juror for certain periods of time if:
This is not an exhaustive list and there are many specific rules relating to the above exclusions from jury service.
Persons who may be permanently exempted from jury duty
You are entitled to be permanently exempted if you:
You can also request to be exempted permanently on the basis of a permanent mental or physical impairment.
Persons who may be temporarily exempted or excused
You may also be exempted for the period during which they may be summoned or excused from attending court by showing “good cause”. This includes if:
Additionally, before a trial, jurors who feel that they could not be impartial are always called on to apply to excused.
If you are excused or exempted from jury duty for a period of time, this does not mean you are exempted from jury duty altogether. You will remain on the jury roll and can be summoned again in future.
You can also apply for your jury duty to be deferred to a later time.