Offences and Penalties

Did you know that ignoring a summons is an offence?

It is an offence to ignore the direction of a summons for jury duty.

This means that you must attend at the place and time stated on the summons served. People who ignore a jury summons may be fined up to $5,000 and failure to attend jury duty may result in an $800 infringement being issued.

If an infringement is issued and ignored then a final demand will be issued which will incur further costs. Failing to deal with this final demand will see the matter handed over to the Fines Enforcement Registry (FER) for enforcement. If the fine is sent to FER your driver’s license may be suspended and other sanctions may be applied.

Your jury summons

A summons for jury duty is posted to your current address as recorded by the WA Electoral Commission (WAEC).

If you move to another residence and do not notify the WAEC of your new address then you may not realise you have been summonsed. The consequences are that you could be fined for failing to obey the direction of a summons.

It is therefore important that you maintain your current address details with the WAEC. Visit the WAEC website to update or confirm your enrolment details.

If you fail to turn up, as directed by your summons, an infringement for $800 will be issued.

As a person doing jury duty you are often given specific instructions, by the jury pool supervisor or jury officer, regarding times to return to the court. If you ignore these instructions then you could jeopardise court proceedings. If this happens you may also be fined. If you fail to obey the direction of the jury pool supervisor or jury officer or do not turn up after empanelment then you may be issued an $800 infringement.


Under the Juries Act 1957 it is an offence to act in any way prejudicial to an employee if they have received a summons for jury duty and you threaten or take action against the employee as a result of the summons.

There is a penalty of $10,000 for individual employers and $50,000 for corporations if as an employer you;

  1. terminate the employee's employment.
  2. cease remunerating the employee.
  3. reduce the employee's remuneration.
  4. or otherwise act so as to prejudice the employee in relation to his or her employment with the employer.
  5. threaten to take an action described in any of paragraphs (1) to (4).

See Frequently Asked Questions for Employers.

Contact details

Perth Metropolitan area

Jury Services
District Court Building
Level 2, 500 Hay Street
Phone: (08) 9425 2481
Fax: (08) 9425 4406

Regional Courts Contacts

Last updated: 27-Feb-2018

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