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Requests to be Excused

Requesting a Temporary Excuse

Temporary excuses, also known as deferrals, can be granted for many types of temporary hardships such as prior vacation plans, temporary medical problems and/or convalescence, students who are away at college, economic or family hardships, etc.

If serving as a juror at this time is an undue hardship or an extreme inconvenience for you, request to be temporarily excused by logging into the E-juror system with your participant number (located next to your name and address on the correspondence you received in the mail).  If you have lost your participant number and cannot complete a request through E-juror, you can submit a request in writing.  Please list in your correspondence a specific month in the near future that you are available to serve. If you do not give a date, the court will choose one for you. The court is unable to grant an unlimited number of deferrals so choose your month carefully.  Please do not wait until the last minute to request an excuse. If you are nearing your reporting date, call the jury clerk to discuss your hardship.

Requesting a Permanent Excuse

You can request a permanent excuse if you meet one of the following conditions:

  • if you are over 70 years of age
  • if you are disabled with a permanent or chronic condition (and send us a doctor's statement)
  • if you have already served as a grand or petit juror in a federal court within the last two years
  • if you have active care and custody of a child or children under the age of ten (10) whose health and/or safety would be jeopardized by your absence for jury service
  • if you are a person who is essential to the care of aged or infirm persons
  • if your services are so essential to the operation of a business, commercial, or agricultural enterprise that said enterprise must close if you are required to perform jury duty
  • if you are actively practicing or engaged full-time as an attorney or physician
  • if you are a student in actual attendance at a university, college, academy or other school having a regular schedule of classes
  • if you serve a public agency in an official capacity, without compensation, as a volunteer firefighter or a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew
  • You may request a permanent excuse through E-Juror or in writing.  If the basis of the excuse is a permanent disability, you must provide a doctor's statement. Please do not wait until the last minute to request an excuse.

Requeting Excuses through E-Juror