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Jury Service Leave

The Juries Act, 1976 places a civic duty on individuals to provide jury service when chosen to do so by random selection.  The Act has a number of provisions aimed specifically at an employer’s obligations to employees who are requested to undertake jury service.  The provisions are:

-  The employer must allow the employee to take paid time off to attend for jury service where required;

-  The employer is prohibited from impeding the employee from fulfilling his/her obligation to carry out jury service;

-  The employee’s continuity of service and employment is protected for the duration of time that they are required to carry out the service.

An employee summonsed for jury service may not actually be called upon to serve on the jury panel, however a person will be required to return to court everyday.  An employer may require that employees return to work for any part of a day that they are not required to attend the court or to sit on a jury. 

Members who have any questions in relation to the above should contact a member of the SFA team on 01- 605 1633/1664/1668 or email info@sfa.ie.