Claiming expenses

The allowances you can claim are set out by the Ministry of Justice and are the same as for jurors in all other courts.  They aim to ensure that jurors are reimbursed fairly.

Loss of earnings:

If you are employed, and your employer will not continue to pay you while on jury service, you can claim for loss
of earnings
.  Your employer will certify your net pay (or if you are self-employed, you may self-certify) and you will be repaid that amount. 

  • There is an upper limit set by the MoJ of £64.95 per day
  • When inquests last more than 10 days, £129.91 will be paid for the 11th and subsequent days. 
  • We cannot pay more than this, even if your usual salary is higher.  This causes some people on higher salaries to be out of pocket, for which we apologise.

Childcare Costs:

If you need to pay for childcare, we will repay your expenses, up to the same limits.  You must submit a receipt from a registered provider.  If you are claiming for both loss of earnings and childcare, the combined total of these is subject to the limit.

Public transport expenses:

You can claim for standard class public transport at cost.  Please keep your receipts.  We do not pay for taxi travel.

Car Travel Expenses:

You can claim for car travel at 45p per mile.  We will calculate this for you based on your home postcode.  You may also claim for parking - again, please keep your receipts.  You should use a reasonably priced car park.  We will not pay any parking fines or lost ticket fees.

Lunch Expenses:

We will give you an allowance of £5.71 maximum per day for lunch, except on days when we provide food.    You can then choose where you wish to eat and how much you wish to spend.  You will need to provide receipts as proof of purchase. 

You can also get a copies of the above from the court clerk when you attend. 

Payment timescale:

Your payment will come through around two - three weeks after you make your claim at the end of the inquest.  If the inquest lasts more than two weeks, you can make one claim halfway through and a second at the end so you are not kept waiting for your money.