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Jury Service

Page updated 9 August 2022

Jury Service is obligatory for every citizen over the age of 18 who is entered on the Register of Electors. UCD HR would encourage employees to make every effort to carry out their civic duty and report for Jury Service. In this section you can learn more about the Jury Service policy and associated procedures.

Juries Act and other information

This page deals with Employers’ and Employees’ entitlements and obligations regarding Jury Service, covered by the Juries Act 1976.

The Act provides that when an employee is called for Jury Service, their employer must continue to pay them for the duration of the absence, with no interruption to their contract.

The Act also outlines the limited number of reasons for exemption from serving on a jury for a particular period only. Reasons might include, pressure of work, sickness or absence from the country.

More information on the Juries Act and related matters can be found on the (opens in a new window)Citizens Information website.

Jury Service procedures

Able to attend                                

You should give your Head of School / Unit a copy of the Summons to sit on the Jury. This should be retained in the School / Unit rather than forwarded to UCD HR.                           

Able to attend but dismissed early

On the day, not all individuals are selected for Jury Service. If you are dismissed early then it is normally expected that you will return to work. This should be clarified with your School / Unit beforehand.

Unable to attend owing to work pressure

If, following consultation with your School / Unit, it is agreed that pressures of work mean you can't attend then the Head of School / Unit will need to write to the County Registrar requesting you are excused.

Contact the HR Helpdesk

The HR Helpdesk is the primary point of contact for all your employment-related queries by email and telephone.  We are here to help you with any queries on employee benefits, terms & conditions and HR policies & procedures. If we can’t help you directly, we will refer your query to a HR specialist area.

All visitors to UCD HR, Roebuck offices should be by appointment only and arrangements to be made with specific HR staff members.

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+ 353-1-716-4900

Roebuck Offices,
UCD Belfield Campus.

UCD Human Resources

Roebuck Offices, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.
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