Respond to a Jury Summons
A jury summons is an order to attend court mailed to anyone who has been randomly selected from the provincial voters list which indicates that a person must appear at the courthouse on a specific date and time.
Receiving a jury summons does not mean you have been selected to serve as a juror. The next step is to go to a jury selection where a screening process will determine the individuals selected as jurors for the trial.
When you receive a jury summons, you have a legal obligation to respond:
- For a criminal trial, you must respond to a summons within 10 days
- For a civil trial, you must respond within five days.
Your summons will indicate whether it’s a criminal or civil trial.
There are two ways to respond to a summons:
- Online: Use the Court Services eResponse website – you will need to have your jury summons on hand to complete your online response.
- By mail: Complete the jury certification form attached to your jury summons and mail it using the envelope provided