What are acceptable excuses from jury duty?

A prospective juror may be excused if he/she:

  • Has a physical or mental disability that would prevent him/her from serving. The prospective juror will be required to provide a doctor's note verifying the disability.
  • Must provide actual and necessary care for another and alternate arrangements are not feasible. (Employment as a caregiver does not qualify)
  • Is unable to read or understand the English language.
  • Over 75 years of age
  • Has custody of a child under 12 years of age and service would leave the child without adequate supervision.
  • Is a student of a public or private secondary school or enrolled and in attendance at an institution of higher education.
  • Is an employee of the legislative branch of state government. (Not exempt if staff in law enforcement or department of corrections).
  • Has been convicted of a felony or theft offense.
  • Active military out of the county.

Each request is individually reviewed. Potential jurors are encouraged to complete the request truthfully, to the best of their knowledge. Failure to do so is against the law. Jury service is a citizen's civic duty and responsibility.

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1. What are acceptable excuses from jury duty?
2. I am unable to judge anyone because of my moral or religious beliefs. May I be excused?
3. I know that I will not be selected to be on a jury because of what I do for a living. Why not excuse me now and save time?