How Many Times Can You Postpone Jury Duty? DoNotPay Tells You

How Many Times Can You Postpone Jury Duty?

Serving on a jury is mandatory for all eligible citizens, but life gets in the way sometimes. While it’s illegal to skip jury duty without a valid reason and proof, most states allow prospective jurors to postpone it.

In this article, we will answer common questions regarding jury duty postponement, such as:

  1. How many times can you postpone jury duty?
  2. What are the acceptable reasons to do it?
  3. How to request postponement?

If your work schedule interferes with your jury duty summons, we can also help you draft and .

How Many Times Can You Reschedule Jury Duty?

While jury duty postponement policy varies by state, most courts allow postponing jury duty up to two or three times within one year of the initial summons date. Once this limit is reached, jurors are not allowed to submit additional postponement requests.

What Are Common Reasons for Postponing Jury Duty?

Jury duty can be postponed for various reasons, such as:

Medical reasons
  • Feeling ill or recovering from surgery allows jurors to postpone their service
  • Submitting a doctor’s note as proof is obligatory
Extreme financial hardship
  • If being absent from work causes significant financial hardship or loss for the juror (especially if the provided state or federal compensation may not cover lost income), they can request a postponement
  • Providing payslip or other relevant financial documents as proof is mandatory
Full-time studentFull-time students can request a postponement by presenting a copy of their student ID and their school term schedule
Military service
  • Active military officers can request postponement or exemption from jury duty, especially in federal courts
  • Submitting a notice from your commanding officer as evidence is a must
Essential serviceThe following individuals can postpone jury duty by providing a written statement signed by a superior:
  • Medics
  • Police officers
  • Firefighters
BreastfeedingBreastfeeding mothers must provide a doctor’s letter or a midwife’s note when rescheduling jury duty
Jurors who have served on a jury in the previous year Jurors who are summoned again in the same year can submit their past jury service certificate to postpone their duty
Conservatorship or childcare
  • Postponement is granted to individuals responsible for the care of a child or an adult who can’t find someone to cover for them
  • Written explanation and relevant documents verifying the caregiver status are mandatory

How To Postpone Jury Duty

After preparing relevant documents, you can contact the court via phone or send a written notice via email or mail. The contact details should be provided in your summons.

You will be notified of your postponement status via email, over the phone, or through the court’s official website

You can also request postponement or excusal during the jury duty selection process.

Can You Postpone Jury Duty Because You’re Afraid of Losing Your Job?

No. It’s illegal for employers to fire their employees for serving on a jury. Some states even obligate employers to grant paid leave for the duration of jury duty. Regardless of your state’s employment laws, you need to notify your employer of your summons beforehand so they can verify your summons and organize the workload accordingly.

Create a Jury Duty Leave Request Letter With DoNotPay

If you’re not sure how to inform your employer about your jury duty summons, DoNotPay is here to assist you! We can help you prepare a formal letter to request time off. Here’s how:

  1. Find the Request Jury Duty Leave product
  2. Provide some information about your workplace and your juror service schedule
  3. Upload the photo of your summons and submit the form

You will receive the letter within minutes. Send the letter on your own or email it to your employer through our app—the choice is all yours.

Jury Duty Laws by State

If you are unsure of how jury duty in your state works, we have a number of extensive guides that might help:

MarylandNorth CarolinaPennsylvania
New York StateNew JerseyTennessee
ColoradoWashington StateMissouri
MassachusettsUtahSouth Carolina
West VirginiaLouisianaIowa
HawaiiNew MexicoMississippi
MaineNebraskaNew Hampshire
Rhode IslandDelawareMontana
WyomingAlaskaSouth Dakota
VermontNorth DakotaDistrict of Columbia

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