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This guide contains information on an employer’s obligation in relation to employees and jury service.
The Juries Act 1981 provides that any person currently registered as an elector can be summoned
to jury service in New Zealand. Unless the person is excused early, they will be required to attend
the court for the entire week in which they are summoned. If the person is sworn to try a case that
continues beyond the end of the week they must attend until the end of the trial. As of 4 November
2010, there is also the ability for persons called to apply for deferral of their jury service to a more
convenient time within 12 months of the original summons date.
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