How to Get Out of Jury Duty as a Self-Employed Person in the UK

  • Written By : Kasra Dash
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Jury duty is a civic obligation for citizens in the UK, but it can be inconvenient for self-employed individuals who need to run their businesses.

However, there are ways to get out of jury duty if you are self-employed.

Understand the Eligibility Criteria

The first step to getting out of jury duty is understanding the eligibility criteria.

Self-employed individuals are eligible to serve on a jury if they are:

  • British citizens
  • Over 18 years old
  • Residents in the UK
  • Not disqualified from serving on a jury

Check if You are Disqualified from Serving on a Jury

Several circumstances disqualify a person from serving on a jury, including:

  • Mental or physical incapacity
  • Previous convictions
  • Active involvement in criminal proceedings
  • Status as a police officer or member of the armed forces

If you fall under any of these categories, you may be disqualified from serving on a jury and can request an exemption.

Provide Proof of Self-Employment

Self-employed individuals can provide proof of their self-employment status to support their request for an exemption from jury duty.

This can include documentation such as:

Write a Letter Requesting an Exemption

If you are self-employed and unable to attend jury duty, you can write a letter to the court requesting an exemption.

Your letter should include the following information:

  • Your name, address and telephone number
  • Explanation of why you are self-employed
  • Explanation of how jury duty would impact your business
  • Proof of self-employment (as described above)
  • A request for an exemption from jury duty

Submit Your Letter to the Court

Once you have written your letter, you should submit it to the court as soon as possible. Submitting the letter by post or email is recommended, and keeping a copy for your records.


Serving on a jury is an important civic obligation, but it can be challenging for self-employed individuals who need to run their businesses.

Suppose you are a self-employed person and unable to attend jury duty.

In that case, you can request an exemption by understanding the eligibility criteria, providing proof of self-employment, writing a letter requesting an exemption and submitting it to the court.

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