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Student policies and documents

Jury service

Information for students who have been called to jury service during their studies.

If you are on the electoral register you may be summoned for jury service which is a civic responsibility.

Where jury service is likely to interfere with your study or assessment, you may seek deferral of your service. The Jury Central Summoning Bureau evaluates any requests for deferral and those requests may usually be for no longer than 12 months. For more information please refer to the Jury Service Overview (

To assist your request for jury service deferral you may request a letter from the Student Records team in the Registry. To do so you should complete your jury summons including Section 3 and bring the completed form to the Information Services Desk, Ground Floor, Holgate Building.

When a jury summons is received by the Registry, the Academic Registrar will write on your behalf to HM Courts and Tribunals Service enclosing the summons and explaining that it would be detrimental to your studies to experience disruption due to undertaking jury service. You will be able to collect this letter from the Information Services Desk once it is ready and send it off as advised on the government website or following any information provided in your summons.

HM Courts and Tribunals Service will reply directly to you. If you do not receive a reply in a reasonable time then you should contact HM Courts and Tribunals Service directly to enquire about the progress of your application for deferral.

The University cannot request an excusal on your behalf. You should send any excusal request directly to the Summoning Bureau.