Jury duty could leave an average employee £260 out of pocket

Summoned as a juror? It could leave you £260 out of pocket as employers aren’t required to pay staff while doing their civic duty

  • One million Britons were summoned to serve as jurors between 2017 and 2019
  • Two-thirds of workers believe they would receive full pay if called upon to serve as a juror
  • However, companies are not legally required to pay jury staff.
  • The average person would lose £260 on a two-week trial if not paid by their employer

One out of five workers say they would struggle to cope financially if summoned for compulsory jury service, a two-week trial potentially leaving the average juror £260 out of pocket.

Between 2017 and 2019, one million UK adults were summoned to jury service, according to research by Churchill Home Insurance.

But nine in 10 said they did not expect to receive their usual salary even one day when performing their civic duty.

There is no legal obligation for companies to pay employees while they serve on jurors, despite the inevitable summons.

Between 2017 and 2019, a million UK adults were summoned to jury service, the average juror loses £260 in pay during a two-week trial

When asked how they would cover their lost income, 30% said they would seek lost income from the court, while 15% said they would use their personal savings to cover the costs.

Two in three full-time workers still believed their employer would support them, with 62% saying they would hand over at least part of their salary if called upon to serve on a jury.

Of these, 36% believed that their employer would cover all of their costs.

How much does the court pay jurors?

People who are not being paid by their employer can claim up to £64.95 a day in court.

This is designed to help cover loss of income and the cost of any care or childcare outside of the usual arrangements.

However, with the average UK wage earner paying the equivalent of £100 a day, those taking part in a two-week trial would still find themselves strapped for the sum of £260.

One in five don't think they can afford to be a juror as 15% admit they would use savings to cover costs

One in five don’t think they can afford to be a juror as 15% admit they would use savings to cover costs

Sarah Khan, head of Churchill Home Insurance, said: ‘Completing jury service is a responsibility many of us are required to do in our working lives, but our research reveals millions of people are not aware of the financial pressure this can cause.

“Jurors sitting in a lengthy trial, without regular pay from their employer, may find it extremely difficult to meet their regular financial commitments and provide for their families.”

Additional precautions can be taken to cover the potential loss of revenue in the event of a test call.

Some home insurance policies offer family legal protection cover, which, among other legal costs, will usually cover a person’s wages up to £100,000 while on juror.

This can only apply if their salary is not covered by their employer or the courts.

Khan added: “To avoid being out of pocket, we urge customers to ensure they have the necessary protection in place if they find themselves in this situation. ‘

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