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Can't delete issue even as site admin

I setup this account and am the site admin. I have full access to everything but still can't delete this issue.


I've gone through all the site admin settings and have updated them to all users but still can't delete this issue.


Any way to solve this?



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If you are a Jira admin, it does not mean that you can delete any issue in Jira. You need to have the Delete Issues permission in the project permission scheme either directly or via a group or a role.

Thanks. I figured it out. I changed it under Global settings but I had to go to project settings to add users. 

HI @Alexy Matveev,

I am a jira admin and I have created a project. I am project lead for that. I am having delete issue permission also.MicrosoftTeams-image (8).pngMicrosoftTeams-image (7).png

Although I am not able to delete issues with in that project. 

I have added my self as a administrator ,then I have deleted issues.
How to delete screen schemes ? I am not able to find delete option for "Screen scheme"?

First you need to delete "Issue type screen scheme" then you can delete screen scheme


Like Jassi Amin likes this

Go to Setting(placed right side on the top header)>> User management>>choose user and click on three dot>>click on add user to group>>Add group name - Jira-access-administrator-project name>>Now try to delete the tickets.

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Joe Pitt Community Leader Feb 21, 2019

Do not delete issues. When you delete it is GONE. Hardly a week goes by without someone wanting to restore an issue. Deleting issues will come back and bite you when it is the most inconvenient. I suggest closing with a resolution value of Deleted anything you want to delete. I implement a special transition only the project lead can execute and it requires filling in a reason field from a select list (such as entered in error, OBE, Duplicate, Other) and explanation text.

Deleting issues destroys historical data. Missing issue numbers will eventually cause a question about what it was and why was it deleted even if it was done properly. Missing data always brings in the question of people hiding something that may have looked bad.



The only viable way to restore an issue is to create a new instance of JIRA and restore a backup that has the issues. Then export them to a csv file and import them to your production instance. You will lose the history.

Good advice! I didn't realize how hard it was to bring back in deleted issues. Thanks for the tip.

Sorry but there are cases when an issue NEEDS to be deleted for various reasons. As an administrator the request ends up with me but in Jira Cloud it seems more difficult to set it globaly? 

Like slithytove2 likes this

Hi there,


I had the same issue and I changed everything to get all rights to delete issues. Still when I click on the three points only two options occur. 



Can anybody help me?



I had the same, despite being Org Admin and I solved the problem by going into the project settings (lower left) and adding myself in "people" as administrator (which seems weird considering that I'm org admin) - but it solved the problem anyway🚀🚀🚀

Best regards

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