Yes. Jury service is a public duty. If you’re called for jury service then unless you are disqualified, have the right to be excused or have a valid reason for discretionary excusal, you must serve.
Only the court that’s asked you to serve can agree your ‘excusal’.
All jurors are selected at random by computer from the electoral register. Everyone on the electoral register from the ages of 18 to 69 may be selected even if they’re not eligible to serve on a jury. Some people never get called, others get called more than once.
Courts can pay for loss of earnings, travel costs and a subsistence rate during jury service.
An employee can make a complaint to an employment tribunal if their employer mistreats them e.g. they’re dismissed or suffer detriment for taking time off for jury service.
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