On 21 October 2020 the Supreme and County Courts announced the resumption of jury trials in a measured way from 16 November.

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

  • Giving greater consideration to excuse or 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 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 excuse or 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

If you have been summonsed for jury service, you will receive an email (if you have earlier provided an email address) advising you of your impending summons. This email will be sent shortly after your summons is mailed, so you should expect your summons to arrive within the following week.

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

Your summons also contains information on what to expect leading up to and on the day of your jury service. In the week prior to your summons date, Juries Victoria will call or email you to discuss your jury service and answer any questions you may have.

Please note, due to changes in the way juries are selected, your jury service will be at least 3 days. You will also need to ensure you have up to 2 weeks available from your summons date. This will be further explained when Juries Victoria staff contact you in the week before 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 (e.g. Uber) services to and from court upon submitting a receipt

Using your own car

  • Reimbursement of parking cost
  • 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

Further information on claiming travel reimbursements will be provided when you attend court.

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.