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Jury service policy

Last reviewed on 28 December 2017

Here at the Co-op we want everyone to play a full role in their community and will support you if you’re called for jury service.

Speak to your manager if you’re called up and we’ll give you paid time off work to attend.

Crucial bits

We’ll never refuse anyone time off work to do jury service or subject anyone to a disadvantage for taking time off for this.

If you’re called for jury service you’ll be given a minimum of four weeks’ notice and you’ll need to respond within seven days, so it’s important to let us know as soon as possible.

Your manager will ask for a copy of your jury summons, so we know the date and likely amount of time you’ll need off. Usually jury service is for 10 working days, although for some complex cases it can be for longer. If you’re told at the court that it’s likely to last for longer than two weeks, we really need you to tell your manager straight away so they can plan ahead.

You’ll get your normal pay while on jury service, which means that you can’t claim for loss of earnings from the court. You might still be able to claim for things like your travel and food though, so talk to the court officer.

Things to think about

You can ask to defer doing jury service for up to 12 months, if you can give the court a specific reason why and a date when you’d be available. If you’re involved in an important piece of work talk to your manager about the option of deferring your jury service. They can’t apply for you, but can write a letter of support.

When you’re on jury service you might not be needed at court all day, so talk to your manager beforehand about whether you need to come into work if this happens, so everyone’s clear on expectations.

We want your pay to be right, so this should be recorded as Paid Jury Leave.

If you need further support

If you have questions about time off for jury service please speak to your manager. If managers need advice they should contact ER Services.

We know that some things you see and hear on jury service might be upsetting, so remember that we have an Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) who can provide support. You can contact the EAP in confidence on 0800 069 8854.