How to Get Out of Jury Duty in Louisiana in 3 Steps

Request Jury Duty Exemption How to Get Out of Jury Duty in Louisiana in 3 Steps

How to Get Out of Jury Duty in Louisiana

If you find yourself wondering how to get out of jury duty in Louisiana, you're not alone. Even though jury duty is your responsibility as a citizen, and serving on a jury can be a fascinating experience, it doesn't always come at the best time. You might have a child or an elderly relative who needs your around-the-clock care, or you might be sick, traveling, or dealing with a family emergency. Some trials can last for weeks, and it's hard to know how long you'll be away from home.

You have to do jury duty. If you skip it, you could be fined or even put in jail. It's stressful to consider how to fulfill this obligation while taking care of your family or managing challenging life circumstances. Fortunately, there are Louisiana jury duty exemptions and ways to get out of jury duty, including medical reasons, and DoNotPay can help you file an excusal request.

Why Did I Get Chosen for Jury Duty?

In Louisiana, potential jurors are chosen at random from the list of registered voters. If your name is chosen, you'll receive a questionnaire before you are summoned, which will help the authorities determine if you meet all the legal requirements to become a juror. You can fill out this questionnaire online at E-Juror or you can mail in a hard copy within 10 days.

At this point, you haven't been summoned for jury duty. If you are considered a qualified juror, your name will be included in a pool of potential jurors. If your name is drawn from this pool, then you will receive a summons.

Keep in mind that you do get paid for jury duty, and Louisiana Revised Statute 23:965 explains that employers are not allowed to fire you if you get called in for jury duty. Your employer also must grant you leave for jury duty without loss of wages or any other benefit. 

Who Is Eligible to Serve on a Jury in Louisiana?

To serve on a jury, you must be:

  1. A U.S. citizen
  2. A resident (of at least one year) of the district in which you were summoned to serve
  3. 18+ years old
  4. Able to speak, read, and write in English
  5. Mentally and physically competent
  6. Not convicted of an unpardoned felony, and not currently under indictment for a felony

If you do not meet all those requirements, you will be able to get out of jury duty—or you might not even be called in the first place.

What Jury Duty Exemptions Are Allowed in Louisiana?

There are several exemptions that you can claim on the questionnaire, depending on the district where you were summoned. Keep in mind that even if you list one of the exemptions, the court may still determine that you're eligible to serve. If your circumstances are not covered by the list, you don't mention it until you actually get called for jury duty. At that point, you will have to request an exemption, and they will decide if your situation allows for it.

Here are the primary ways you could get out of jury duty in Louisiana:
  • You're not a U.S. citizen
  • You're not a resident of the district
  • You're not fluent in English
  • You have a mental or physical disability
  • You're a police officer, a firefighter, or an elected official
  • You have a criminal record
  • You're on active military duty
  • You're over 70 years old or under 18 years old
  • You've serviced on a jury before (keep in mind that you may be called to serve on a jury in Louisiana every two years)
  • You operate a business by yourself
  • You are the primary caregiver of small children or an elderly or infirm person
  • You're a student

How to Request an Excuse From Jury Duty in Louisiana

First, fill out your juror questionnaire thoroughly and honestly. The court may determine you're not eligible for jury duty, or that your listed excuse warrants an exemption.

If your excuse is not listed on the questionnaire, you will have to wait and see if you are selected for jury duty. Before you request an exemption, you should speak with a jury clerk. Every excuse requires different documentation, and to save time, you'll want to know exactly what the court needs to see before they can consider your request. You can call, email, or visit the courthouse.

When you know what documentation you need, you'll send it along with an official exemption request letter to the courthouse. This letter should carefully detail your circumstances and why they prevent you from attending jury duty. You may request an exemption or simply a postponement of your service. For example, if you're traveling out of town or you are sick, you can explain that you can't do jury duty now, but you'll be able to do it in a few weeks.

The court still reserves the right to reject your request, and you may still be required to show up for duty. That's why it's essential to file your letter quickly and include all the supporting documentation. If you don't do this correctly, your exemption could be denied, even if it's valid. DoNotPay can make this process quick and easy. Simply answer a few questions about your jury summons and your excuse, and we'll file the letter on your behalf, ensuring it gets to the proper authorities with all the required information.

How to File an Excusal Letter With the Help of DoNotPay

Every person's circumstances are different, and it can be hard to know whether your situation warrants exemption from jury duty—or if you'd be better off spending your time preparing to serve on your assigned jury. DoNotPay's Jury Duty Excuse product can help you consider the possible exemptions, create an excuse letter for you, and send it to the courthouse on your behalf. Rest assured that we're making the best case for you. If you want to file a jury duty excuse request but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in three easy steps:

  1. Search Jury Duty Excuse on DoNotPay, and enter your jury duty summons information, including the assigned date, court name, juror number, and more.

     

  2. Select your reason for excusal, and provide a few more details regarding your situation and upload evidence to prove your point.

     

  3. Enter the fax number or mailing address for the courtroom as displayed on your jury summons letter.

     

Don't stress about jury duty. If you qualify for an exemption, DoNotPay will help you find it. 

Why Use DoNotPay to Get Out of Jury Duty

When your situation simply doesn't allow you to serve on a jury, you need to know that the court is understanding. They are strict with their exemptions because they need to watch out for people who are simply trying to avoid their civic duty, but for those with a legitimate excuse, you can get out of jury duty. DoNotPay makes it fast and easy to determine if you're eligible for an exemption. Then we write the letter for you to help you save time and ensure you're including all the information you need to include.

Getting you out of jury duty in Louisiana is just one-way DoNotPay can help you navigate life's legal and financial challenges. 

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