Every year almost half a million people are selected for jury service.

As an employer, you must allow your employee time off for jury service. If you do not do so, you could be in contempt of court. Employers have no right to ask for jury service to be delayed or deferred – that is the summoned employee’s responsibility.

You are not obliged to pay your employee whilst they are on jury service although they can claim from the court for food, travel and loss of earnings.