Will the Court Accept a Jury Duty Excuse Letter From an Employer?

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Can You Skip Jury Duty With a Jury Duty Excuse Letter From an Employer?

Serving on a jury is an essential duty of each citizen as trial by jury ensures everyone is treated fairly. But what if you can’t serve as a juror because of work?

While you can’t get out of jury duty because you’re employed, sending a jury duty excuse letter from an employer might allow you to skip jury duty under special circumstances. Learn more about jury duty exemptions and find out .

What Work-Related Situations Allow You To Skip Jury Duty?

Employers are prohibited from firing or demoting employees who are reporting for jury duty, which is why it’s extremely difficult to get an exemption for work-related situations.

You can still request an exemption in some states if your circumstances fall under any of the following categories:

Essential servicePolice, medical workers, and firefighters can be exempt from jury duty if serving would cause disturbance in their line of work (for example, doctors during the pandemic)
Military serviceIn federal courts, active military personnel is allowed to be excused from jury duty, but this automatic exemption may not apply in some state courts
Financial hardshipsIf you keep getting called for jury duty and missing work causes a significant loss of income or financial difficulties, you can try requesting an exemption. Take into account the amount of compensation given by the state or federal court in question, and see whether this info can help you build your case
Severe inconvenienceSome courts may grant an exemption if it’s impossible for you to delegate your tasks to someone else

Requesting an Exemption From Jury Duty

If you think you can be exempt from jury duty for work-related reasons, you can send a postponement or excusal request to the court that issued your summons. You will need to do the following:

  1. Prepare necessary documents—You need to provide various documents, including an excuse letter from your employer, income statements (if you are appealing for the financial hardship reason), and similar
  2. Contact your district courthouse—The contact details should be included in your summons. Generally, you can get in touch with a jury commission office through the website, via email, or over the phone

The court will notify you about their decisions after they finish reviewing your request. Don’t assume dismissal until you are notified. Otherwise, you risk facing legal repercussions for not showing up.

What Should a Jury Duty Excuse Letter From an Employer Cover?

A jury duty excuse letter from an employer should include:

  • The basic information about an employee’s jury duty (juror number, contact details, summons date, and the issuing court information)
  • A detailed explanation about why serving on a jury will cause an employee a massive inconvenience at work
  • Your employer’s signature

What To Do if Your Exemption Request Is Rejected?

If your request is rejected, you will need to appear in court for jury duty selection. Attorneys will ask you a few questions regarding your background, prejudices, beliefs, and relations to the case.

You may be dismissed from jury duty if you are:

  • Considered too biased to make impartial decisions
  • Mentally incapable of serving
  • Unable to communicate in English well enough to understand the case

Even if you’re dismissed, your jury duty obligation will be considered complete.

Prepare a Jury Duty Leave Request With DoNotPay

If you pass the selection, you must prepare accordingly and request time off from work for the duration of your service. If you don’t know where to start, DoNotPay can help you write a jury duty leave request letter in a few simple steps:

  1. Locate the Request Jury Duty Leave product
  2. Tell us a few details about your jury service
  3. Upload the photo of your summons so the employer can verify your jury duty

You can print the letter or email it to your employer through DoNotPay. All responses will be forwarded straight to your inbox.

How Jury Duty Works in Each State

We have a myriad of articles explaining various jury duty laws in different states. If you need help, you can consult the following guides:

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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