Documentation for JIRA 4.4. Documentation for other versions of JIRA is available too.

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Please note that adding Javascript to custom fields is a customisation and not maintained as a supported part of JIRA.

In Atlassian's support JIRA, when a user creates an issue with "Critical" priority, it will display the "Priority Explanation" field.

This can be achieved by performing the following steps:

  1. Create a "Free Text Field (unlimited text)" custom field type (Administration -> Issue Fields -> Custom Fields)
  2. Fill in the following text into the "Description" field:
  3. Make sure to change the custom field id and priority id. To find the custom field id, view the source of the page when viewing an issue, or check the URL when editing a custom field.