Is Childcare a Valid Excuse for Getting Out of Jury Duty?

Request Jury Duty Exemption Is Childcare a Valid Excuse for Getting Out of Jury Duty?

Are You a Child Care Provider Summoned for Jury Duty? Here's How to Request an Excuse!

One of your civic responsibilities as a U.S. citizen is to serve jury duty. Chances are, during your life, you will be called to sit on a jury to determine whether or not someone is guilty of a crime. However, it's just not feasible for you to serve on a jury in some situations. You might be looking for jury duty excuses for child care if you are the primary provider for a child and are summoned to jury duty.

You might qualify for jury duty deferment if being absent by reporting for jury duty will cause you a hardship because you have to arrange for alternate plans to take care of your child. The courts are pretty understanding about needing to schedule jury duty for an alternate time. It is advised that you include the dates you will be available when you send in the request to be excused.

If you need to apply to be excused from jury duty because you are the primary caregiver for someone, DoNotPay can file an excusal letter for you.

Who Is Eligible to File an Excusal Request?

There are general guidelines on who is guaranteed to be excused, but anyone is allowed to file to be excused. Then, depending on your specific circumstances, the court will determine whether or not you have a valid reason to be removed from the jury.

Reasons You Might Be Excused From Jury Duty

If you fit into any of the following categories, there is a decent chance of you being excused from jury duty.

  1. You can't afford to miss work.
  2. You are 70 years old or older.
  3. You are a primary caregiver.
  4. You have been part of a grand or petit jury in the last two years.

Those are not the end-all, be-all reasons to be excused. If you believe you should be excused, respond to your summons and explain why. The worst they can do is say no.

Always Exempt

There are certain people who are always excused from jury duty due to the nature of their jobs.

  1. Members of local, federal, and state governments
  2. Police and fire department professional members
  3. People in the armed voices who are actively serving.

State Jury Duty Laws

While there are certain parts of jury duty law that are true across the states, each state has its own individual rules as well. Click on your state below to get more information.

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

You want to ensure that you are following the rules of the state you are being summoned in. Don't assume that the rules are the same as a state you previously lived in. Most of all, make sure to respond to the summons, as there can be serious side effects if you ignore them. DoNotPay is happy to make a letter for you asking that you be released from jury duty due to your role as a primary caregiver.

How DoNotPay Can Get You Excused From Jury Duty

Being a primary caregiver is a tough job, so you might not want to deal with coming up with a reply to your jury summons.

If you need to file a jury duty excuse request but don't have time to deal with it, DoNotPay can do it 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.


Why DoNotPay Is the Way to Go to Get Excused for Being a Primary Caregiver

When you are already taking care of someone, the last thing you want to deal with is responding to a jury summons. DoNotPay is happy to step in and do it for you. Here are reasons why you should consider using DoNotPay.

  • It's a success: You can have faith that DoNotPay will get you excused due to your childcare status.
  • It's simple: All we need from you is some information.
  • It's quick: You spend just a bit of time entering information and then can go back to your daily routine.

DoNotPay Is Capable of Doing Many Tasks

We work with a large variety of companies/entities, which means we can complete many tasks outside of providing jury duty excuse letters. Here are several other things we can do for you.

While jury duty isn't always something people look forward to, it is an important part of being an American citizen. When you can't do jury duty because you are someone's primary caregiver, you must respond to your jury duty summons and provide an excusal letter. The court then decides if you will be removed from the jury.

If you need a letter excusing you from serving jury duty because you are a primary care provider, DoNotPay can help. DoNotPay can also assist you with:

Sign up today to see how we can help with your jury duty excusal letter, along with many other things.

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