How to Write a Jury Duty Student Excuse Letter

Request Jury Duty Exemption How to Write a Jury Duty Student Excuse Letter

How to Write a Jury Duty Student Excuse Letter

Jury duty happens to everyone, eventually. It is every US citizen’s civic duty to uphold a remotely fair court system, ensuring that judges do not become absolute authorities on justice and punishment. Juries are there to understand understandable circumstances and to cut through moral ambiguity to see the facts of a case. However, not everyone can attend jury duty when they are called.

Full-time students, for example, are often considered exempt from jury duty due to an inability to miss class or find transportation. To be excused, you will need to draft and submit a jury duty excuse letter, and a request for excusal, and have it approved by your local court. DoNotPay can help by drafting the letter for you, but let's start with a sample of what a jury duty student excuse letter sample would look like.

What is Jury Duty?

Jury duty is the civic method to maintain a fair trial proceeding. Each person has the right to be tried by a jury of their peers, people who might understand their circumstances and motivations. Serving on a jury, you can ensure people are tried fairly with evidence that is relevant to the case and arguments based on both the letter and spirit of the law. Jury duty can last one afternoon or months and months of working time with very small daily pay. Preparing for jury duty can require special clothes, a professional demeanor, and being prepared to sit in chairs like you're on a road trip.

However, if you cannot make it to jury duty because you are a full-time student without spare time or transportation, you will need to file an excuse letter to request excusal from the duty.

Common Grounds for Requesting an Excusal From Jury Duty

Most jury duty exemptions are based on an inability to attend. There are two types of exemptions:

Exemption or Postponement ExcusesAutomatic Jury Duty Exemptions
  • Hardship
  • Medical disability
  • Full-time student
  • Military service
  • Police officer
  • Fireman
  • Childcare or caregiver duties
  • Breastfeeding mothers
  • Extreme old age
  • Below the age of 18
  • Not a US Citizen
  • Not a resident of the summoned county
  • Felony conviction
  • Currently charged with a felony
  • Not adequately proficient in English

What Happens If I Don't Show Up for Jury Duty?

Failing to appear for jury duty will result in fines, rescheduling, and potentially civic or criminal charges. You do not want to simply skip out on jury duty, as this becomes a black mark on your record and only makes matters worse. It is much better to submit your jury duty excuse letter if you have a legitimate exemption or reason to postpone your jury duty.

Are Students Exempt from Jury Duty?

In most states, full-time students are exempt from jury duty. This means that students may submit a letter of excuse to skip one summons for jury duty while they are going to school full-time.

In states where being a student does not merit an exemption, you may still be granted a postponement until the end of your current schooling period. Summer break is a common time for students to be rescheduled for their next jury duty.

Student Jury Duty Excuse Letter Sample

To Whom It May Concern

I received a jury duty summons for the date Month, Day, Year. I would like to request an exemption or postponement of the jury duty due to my status as a full-time student. The reason is that I am currently enrolled in Program Name, School Name and cannot miss or make up any of my classes for the next X months. I also do not have access to personal transportation and so cannot be available at the courthouse on the specified dates.

According to [Legal Code for Your State], full-time students may request exemption or postponement of jury duty when there is an unresolvable schedule conflict with class time. I am attaching a copy of my class registration as proof of my schedule conflicts.

Please contact me at Personal Phone Number or Personal Email for any follow-up concerns.

Thank you for your time. Sincerely,

Your Signature and Date

Jury Duty Laws By State

FloridaNew York StateGeorgiaCaliforniaIndiana
North CarolinaMichiganVirginiaPennsylvaniaIllinois
New JerseyArizonaColoradoAlabamaMissouri
UtahOhioWashington StateLouisianaMaine
MassachusettsOregonSouth CarolinaKentuckyNevada
OklahomaIdahoConnecticutKansasMinnesota
WisconsinNew HampshireNew MexicoWest VirginiaArkansas
IowaDelawareRhode IslandDistrict of ColumbiaNebraska
WyomingMississippiNorth DakotaHawaiiSouth Dakota
MontanaTennesseeTexasMarylandAlaska
Vermont

How to Get a Jury Duty Excusal for Being a Full Time Student

  1. Research your state/county's jury duty exempt laws
  2. Find the correct address to send a student excuse letter
  3. Draft your jury duty excuse letter requesting student exemption
  4. Attach proof of student conflicts
  5. Attach any necessary documents Example:  The first page of your jury summons form
  6. Mail your excuse letter to the appropriate office

Once you complete a properly formatted jury duty excuse letter, you may or may not be informed that your excuse has been accepted. Some counties only send a response if the excuse is denied, so you may need to follow up on the result.

How to Excuse a Student Jury Duty Summons With the of DoNotPay

Not sure how to format your excuse letter? Unsure where to send it or which documents to attach? DoNotPay can help. As an online legal service, DoNotPay knows how to draft a letter that will be accepted by the courts using valid arguments - and which documents will serve as proof of your student-exempt status.

Using the Jury Duty Excuse product, simply tell us about your student status and jury duty summons and we'll help you handle the rest. When the details are confirmed, let us write your jury duty excuse letter for you and submit it so it's sure to get to reach the right office and tick all the necessary boxes for acceptance.

How to file a jury duty excuse request using DoNotPay:

If you want to file a jury duty excuse request but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 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 of mailing address for the court room as displayed on your jury summons letter.

     

Why Use DoNotPay to Be Excused from Jury Duty

DoNotPay understands the legal system in every state and county in the US. DoNotPay can help you establish solid legal grounds for excusal from jury duty and submit your excuse request paperwork exactly the way your local court wants to receive it. DoNotPay can help you find the right reasons, submit the right documents of proof, and make sure your letter gets to the right office to maximize your chance to get out of jury duty this round.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

DoNotPay can help you with more than just jury duty. DoNotPay’s mandate is to make legal tasks easier and to save you time and money along the way. There are dozens of ways DoNotPay can help you avoid fees, handle your to-do list, and take care of tasks regarding tedious and hard-to-contact offices. Here are just a few of the other things that DoNotPay can do to make your life a little easier this year.

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