The Victorian Courts have undertaken extensive work to ensure the safe conduct of jury trials, and have put a range of measures in place including:

  • Giving greater consideration to defer people who may be particularly vulnerable to the consequences of COVID-19
  • Avoiding the need for the physical gathering of large jury pools
  • Limiting the number of days court attendance is required for jury selection
  • Changes to courtrooms and jury deliberation spaces to provide physical distancing of all court participants, including jurors
  • Frequent cleaning of high-touch surfaces
  • The provision of disposable masks (which must be worn) and hand sanitiser
  • Reducing the number of people in court buildings to allow for physical distancing.

A number of changes to the normal procedures of jury selection have also been made. Changes relevant to each stage of the jury selection process can be found below, while questions and answer regarding the resumption of jury trials can be found here.

 

Notice of Selection

If you receive a Notice of Selection for jury service in February 2021, you must complete the Eligibility Form. It is easier and quicker to do so via the online Juror Portal (External link).

There will be greater consideration to defer persons who may be particularly vulnerable to the consequences of COVID-19.

If you have any queries or concerns, please email our office at info@juries.vic.gov.au (External link).

 

Jury Summons

Provided with your summons will be a factsheet, Juror safety during COVID-19, containing further information about the measures in place for the safety and comfort of jurors when attending for jury service.

Please note, you will need to ensure you have up to 2 weeks available for jury service from your summons date.

 

Reimbursement of travel costs

In addition to your juror payment, you will receive reimbursement of reasonable travel costs to avoid the use of public transport if you are required to attend court.

Reimbursements are conditional upon the provision of receipts or other proof of expenditure, and are capped at $100 per day of attendance. Reimbursements will be paid weekly on Thursdays along with the usual juror payments for attendance.

Using taxi and ridesharing services

  • Reimbursement of the cost of taxi or ridesharing (eg Uber) services to and from court upon submitting a receipt

Using your own car

  • Reimbursement of parking cost and tolls
  • Mileage reimbursed at a rate of 72 cents per kilometre for the distance between your home and the court by the shortest practical route
  • Parking fines will not be reimbursed

Parking in Melbourne

There is no dedicated parking for jury service at the Melbourne courts. We do not recommend using metered parking, as you will not be able to top-up the meter or move your vehicle throughout the day.

Claiming travel costs

To claim travel costs, please email info@juries.vic.gov.au (External link) with your namejuror number and attached copies of any receipts relating to your travel costs attending court after your attendance.