The Scottish Court Service appreciates the role of jurors in the justice system and knows that many people will be apprehensive about jury service. This page can help address some of the concerns that you may have.
Jurors are selected at random from the electoral register and can be cited for criminal trials (in either the sheriff court or the High Court) or for civil cases in the Court of Session.
Guides to jury service
Guide to jury service in the High Court and sheriff court
Guide to jury service in the Court of Session
These guides will provide you with helpful information including details on:
- preparing for jury service
- what to expect at court
- the role of the judge and the jury
- how the trial will proceed
- a glossary of terms.
For more information please contact the court to which you have been cited.
Information on qualification for jury service
Are you qualified for jury service in the High Court and sheriff court?
Are you qualified for jury service in the Court of Session?
This guide provides details about those people who are:
- not qualified for jury service
- disqualified from jury service
- ineligible for jury service.
It is an offence to serve on a jury knowing that you fall into any of these three categories.
The guide also gives details of those who can apply to the court for excusal as of right. If you wish to apply for excusal on the basis of ill health or physical disability then you must enclose a medical certificate along with your application for excusal. This can normally be obtained free of charge from your GP
If you wish to apply for excusal due to another special reason, for example commitments at work, cancellation of which would cause abnormal inconvenience either to yourself or others, or holiday plans which would be difficult or expensive to rearrange, you should complete the relevant sections of the application. You must also provide evidence of this, for example booking confirmation or letter from your employer. Applications for excuses are dealt with sympathetically by the courts, however it must be understood that in some circumstances the court may not be able to excuse individuals.
For further information, contact your local court.