One in five workers say they would struggle to cope financially if they were summoned for mandatory jury service, with a two-week trial potentially leaving the average juror £260 out of pocket.
Between 2017 and 2019, one million British adults were summoned to jury service, according to research from Churchill Home Insurance.
But nine in 10 said they did not expect to be paid their usual salary for even one day when carrying out their civic duty.
There is no legal obligation for firms to pay employees while on jury service, despite the unavoidable summoning.
Between 2017 and 2019, one million British adults were summoned to jury service the average juror loses out on £260 in wages over the course of a two week trial
When asked how they would cover their loss of income, 30 per cent said they’d claim for loss of earnings from the court, while 15 per cent said they would use their personal savings to cover the costs.
Two in three full time workers still believed their employer would support them, with 62 per cent saying that they would contribute at least part of their salary if they were called to serve on a jury.
Of those, 36 per cent believed their employer would cover their costs in full.
How much does the court pay jurors?
Individuals not being paid by their employer can claim up to £64.95 per day from the court.
This is designed to help cover loss of earnings, and the cost of any care or childcare outside of usual arrangements.
However, with the average salary in the UK paying the equivalent of £100 per day, those sitting in a two-week trial would still find themselves out of pocket to the sum of £260.
One in five don’t think they could afford to attend jury duty, as 15 per cent admit they would use their savings to cover the cost
Sarah Khan, head of Churchill Home Insurance, said: ‘Completing jury service is a responsibility that many of us are required to do during our working lives, however our research reveals millions of people aren’t aware of the financial strain it can cause.
‘Jurors sitting on a long trial, without regular wages from their employer, could find meeting their regular financial commitments and providing for their family extremely challenging.’
There are extra precautions that can be taken to cover the potential loss of earnings when called away on trial.
Some home insurance policies offer Family Legal Protection cover, which among other legal bills will usually cover someone’s salary up to £100,000 while on jury service.
This may only apply if their salary is not being covered by their employer or the courts.
Khan added: ‘To prevent being out of pocket, we are urging customers to ensure they have the necessary protection in place should they find themselves in this situation. ‘